Breaking: Columbus Abortion Provider Owes an estimated $780,000 to city, state, and federal government agencies as a result of unpaid taxes.
Background: A year ago, Greater Columbus Right to Life learned that the City of Columbus had filed a lawsuit against the owner/operator of the Founder’s abortion clinic for unpaid taxes on what we estimate to be more than $1.2 million dollars in income. The back taxes, fines, and penalties on the amount owed were approximately $50,000. In January of 2016, the court approved a plan for the clinic to pay back part of that amount in monthly installments of $800.
A few days ago, Greater Columbus Right to Life learned that the clinic management and operator also owed the State of Ohio about $110,000, representing $97,000 in Ohio withholding taxes and $13,000 in Ohio’s Commercial Activities Tax. We were tipped off to the clinic being in serious financial difficulty after seeing that the clinic was using crowdfunding to pay for its application to join the National Abortion Federation.
Mammoth Federal Tax Lien:
After learning that the clinic owes about $160,000 to the city and the state in taxes and fees, we decided to dig a little further. What we learned is shocking. The IRS has filed a lien against the clinic’s management for nearly $610,000.
This should make you ask three questions, 1: How much do you need to profit off of the intentional destruction of unborn children in order to owe more than three quarters of a million dollars to tax agencies? 2: How is a business with such a record permitted to keep operating? 3: When is this clinic going to close?
If you wonder why we care about the tax status of an abortion clinic, it is because we remember the lessons of history: Al Capone wasn’t brought down for the murders he committed or his role in the Valentines Massacre, but for tax evasion.
Every day, the abortion industry inculcates our communities and culture with the idea that abortion is a safe and legal practice and that it should be affordable and subsidized by our tax dollars. But as we have shown again and again, abortion is not safe. The industry is filled with criminal behavior and illegal acts. This is another of them.
Join Us to Keep It Going:
It is undeniable that our work to bring the light of prayer and truth to the abortion clinic is having an effect. Our team has now built two shifts of prayer partners, focusing on making sure that a volunteer is there for each woman entering or leaving the abortion clinic. We are inviting additional volunteers to join our prayer team.
The cracks are starting to show and grow, and we are going to keep doing this work until either abortion is no more or we do not have the funds to go on. Unlike Founder's, we do not have a million dollars in gross receipts coming in, and we pay all of the taxes, licenses, and fees that we are required to by local, state, and federal law. This has been a difficult year for us, financially. If you have not yet supported our work, can you consider making a donation today? You can do so on our secure, online portal, by sending a check in the mail (665 E Dublin Granville Rd, St 115, Columbus OH 43229), or by joining or donating to our Prayer-a-Thon.
How do you know when an abortion clinic is sinking quickly? Is it:
If you guessed “6) All of the above,” you would be correct.
Two years ago, we learned that one of the abortion providers at Founder’s and Capital Care was indicted on federal child pornography charges. One year ago, we learned that the City of Columbus was suing them for owing back taxes. Around that same time, an employee and abortion supporter started the “Pro Choice Cats” campaign to purchase billboard advertising for the clinic. Four months ago, City Council members attempted to enact legislation that would restrict our right to pray and protest within fifteen feet of the clinic property line (the legislation was amended and the objectionable language removed). Three days ago, we learned that a supporter of the Toledo office (Capital Care Network) was resorting to crowdfunding in order for the clinic to raise the $250 fee to apply to the National Abortion Federation and the $750 NAF site visit fee. Today, we learned that the State of Ohio has also filed at least three tax liens against the owner/manager of Founder’s and Capital Care Network. One of the liens is for $64,688.86 in unpaid withholding tax, one is for $32,666.01 in unpaid withholding tax, and the third is for $13,564.03 in unpaid Commercial Activities Tax (CAT). The judgement lien information does not indicate if the back taxes were owed for one year or several years. However, we do know without a doubt that this represents millions of dollars in gross receipts to the clinic’s owner/manager. How? Because Ohio’s CAT, or commercial activities tax, levied at .26% (that’s 0.0026) on a business’s gross receipts, with the first million exempt (there are exemptions for small businesses and an alternate structure for those businesses with a million dollars or less in receipts each year). With what the clinic owes, it is certain that the business is bringing in more than a million dollars a year.
So the big question is – if the abortion clinic is bringing in more than a million dollars each year and not paying taxes, why on earth does it need to resort to selling tee-shirts to pay for advertising billboards and crowdfunding to pay professional licensing applications?
Earlier this week, a supporter of the Toledo Capital Care (owned/managed by the same entity that owns and manages the Columbus Founder’s facility) started a “YouCaring” crowd-funding campaign. According to YouCaring, its website is a platform to raise money for individuals and nonprofits (not businesses) for humanitarian purposes. It appears as though the YouCaring website has disabled the Capital Care Network fundraiser, probably because funding business licenses for multi-million dollar abortion businesses is not actually considered a humanitarian need. That notwithstanding, the campaign sought to raise $1000 so that the clinic could apply to be a member of the National Abortion Federation. Two of the "benefits" of membership? Discounts on abortion supplies and getting referrals from their abortion hotline.
Don’t get us wrong, abortion is always wrong because it involved the intentional destruction of innocent human life. Abortion providers are not morally better when they have clean offices, refuse to hire pedophiles, or pay their taxes. However, we do believe that abortion, filthy facilities, convicted child sex predators, and tax-cheating seem to go hand-in-hand at an astonishing rate. We suspect that is because, as St. Teresa of Kolkata is often quoted to have said, “If abortion isn’t wrong, then nothing is wrong.”
Perhaps all of the people walking around wearing their "Pro-Choice Cat” tee shirts and (warning, vulgar) stickers should consider for a moment funding Tax-Cheat Terrie’s CAT Tax bill.
Until then, we will continue our work in prayer, education, advocacy, and investigating the truth about abortion.
It is undeniable that our work to bring the light of prayer and truth to the abortion clinic is having an effect. The cracks are starting to show and grow, and we are going to keep doing this work until either abortion is no more or we do not have the funds to go on. Unlike Founder's, we do not have a million dollars in gross receipts coming in, and we pay all of the taxes, licenses, and fees that we are required to by local, state, and federal law. This has been a difficult year for us, financially. If you have not yet supported our work, can you consider making a donation today? You can do so on our secure, online portal, by sending a check in the mail (665 E Dublin Granville Rd, St 115, Columbus OH 43229), or by joining or donating to our Prayer-a-Thon.
Update: It seems that Planned Parenthood has a tax problem, albeit a much lesser one, too.