Are Jill Duggar and husband Derick Dillard shaking down fans?
It seems unthinkable for those two, but it's exactly what they're accused of as their newly-founded ministry has come under intense scrutiny.
Facebook critics are slamming the 19 Kids & Counting couple, alleging that their new business venture, Dillard Family Ministries, is a sham.
Are they really capable of such a thing? Here's the rub:
- The duo, who just left on a Christian mission trip last week to El Salvador, have been requesting financial donations from fans.
- On their new family website, the Dillards claim the company is a tax-exempt organization, meaning all donations are tax deductible.
- Closer inspection reportedly reveals that Dillard Family Ministries is not listed on the official IRS site as a tax-exempt charity.
Facebook site Duggar Family News: Life Is Not All Pickles And Hairspray was the first to expose this issue, and technically, they're right.
The Dillard family charity is not included in an IRS search of organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable donations.
However, an IRS spokesperson who looked into this says Jill and Der's charity was properly registered and should be tax exempt.
The IRS website is updated on the second Monday each month, so it's possible, even likely, that it simply hasn't been added yet.
Bottom line here: There are myriad, obvious reasons you might think twice about donating money to Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard.
Fear that they're embezzling your cash for a group that isn't what it appears should not be one of those fears, however.