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The IRS and Rabbi Shpielman

January 9, 2020 | by

When Rabbi Shpielman picked up the phone, Special Agent Anderson from the IRS was on the line.

"Hello, Rabbi Shpielman?"

"Yes, this is."

"I'm calling to inquire about a member of your congregation, a Dr. Samuels. Do you recognize the name?"

"Yes, he is a member of our congregation. How can I be of service?"

"Well, on last year's tax return, the doctor claimed that he made a sizable tax-deductible contribution to your synagogue? Is it true?"

"Well, I'll have to have my bookkeeper verify this information for you. How much did Dr. Samuels say he contributed?"

"One hundred thousand dollars," answered Agent Anderson. "Can you tell me if that's true?"

There is a long pause. "I'll tell you what," replied Rabbi Shpielman, "Call back tomorrow. I'm sure it will be."

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