Kanye West recently received the tax-exempt status for Sunday Service, even though he’s facing $50 million lawsuits from ex-workers.
Kanye hired San Francisco-based attorney Karl F. Mill, who specializes in non-profits, according to records obtained by The Sun. The Sunday Service Church currently has 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
The publication just obtained paperwork dated March 23 that detailed the corporation’s operations, including West’s $2.2 million Calabasas property. The corporation is also prohibited from “participating in, or intervening in [including the publication or distribution of statements] any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office,” according to the filings.
Because churches are designated public charities, they are usually exempt from federal, state, and local income and property taxes.
A complaint filed in August 2020 in California District Court by MyChannel Inc. alleges that its employees were not paid for six months of work on technology. To assist Kanye in “maximizing revenues for his Yeezy merchandise,” the company is suing for $20 million in damages.
In addition, according to The Sun, West is being sued for $30 million by former employees of his live Nebuchadnezzar Opera. Workers claim West owes them “unpaid wages” and has refused to pay them “minimum wage and overtime.”
Court documents state that “Defendants oversaw, controlled and ran the production, and the aggrieved employees worked many hours on the production and were not timely paid for their work, or paid at all.”
West’s current lawsuit stems from claims made by MyChannel Inc. executives who say they not only assisted Kanye with his Sunday Service but also with his Yeezy products. They say that West did not follow through on a promise to invest in their company. Kanye allegedly went “H-A-M” during his deposition, donning a “full-face hood and head covering adorned with Jesus Christ’s image, which obscured his face and muffled his voice.”
According to reports, MyChannel Inc. put $7 million into a Yeezy project. They are also claiming that Kanye stole their technology for his Sunday Service.