Tax-exempt Status Denied for Televangelist's Jet

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - An appraisal review board in Fort Worth, Texas, has ruled that Kenneth Copeland Ministries' $3.6 million jet does not have tax-exempt status.

The Tarrant appraisal district denied a protest filed by the televangelist's attorneys because the ministry refused to release
salaries of its directors, including Copeland, his wife and other ministers.

Copeland's lawyers say the ministry, also known as Eagle Mountain International Church, will consider its legal options. They add that revealing ministers' salaries should be a concern to all churches.

Copeland is among six large televangelists whose organizations are targets of a Senate Finance Committee investigation into allegations of questionable spending and lax financial accountability.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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