CCOG says Kamalen Karidat not exempt from filing tax reports

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Guam – The Concerned Catholics of Guam says the non-profit charity organization Kamalen Karidat has never been an integrated auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Agana and therefore are not exempt from filing form 990 with the Department of Revenue & Taxation.

In a release to the media, CCOG said it was able to confirm with Coadjutor Archbishop Michael Byrnes that Kamalen Karidat is independent of the church. The non-profit’s affiliation with the archdiocese was the basis for their exemption from filing form 990 returns.

Form 990 is required of every non-profit to file annually as an accountability measure.

On December 7, 2017, CCOG Treasurer Gerald Taitano submitted a FOIA to Rev & Tax for copies of Kamalen Karidat’s annual 990s dating back to 1994. A week later, Rev&Tax Director John Camacho responded, saying no such records existed.

Under the leadership of now-suspended Archbishop Anthony Apuron and Deacon Frank Tenorio, Kamalen Karidat was established in 1993 as a charity organization to help the needy. It also operated a thrift store with proceeds to benefit the poor.

In a statement, CCOG claimed Kamalen Karidat had $200,000 in its bank account and “Why would an non-profit corporation hoard that amount of cash when it should be spending it to help the poor?”

With no tax filings for more than two decades, CCOG is calling for an investigation into the non-profit, saying it is concerned that “donations may have been funneled to Archbishop Apuron’s pet projects like the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Yona, the purchase of vehicles, and other expenditures not related to helping the poor. If this was the case, it is a classic bait-and-switch deception.”