LOCAL NEWS

James Huntsman Files Lawsuit Seeking Return Of Tithing; Church Calls Fraud Claims ‘Baseless’

Mar 23, 2021, 12:56 PM | Updated: 10:49 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – James Huntsman, son of the late billionaire Jon Huntsman Sr. and brother of former Utah governor and U.S. presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr., filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday seeking to have The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints return more than $5 million in tithing he gave the church over a quarter of a century.

Huntsman, 50, who runs a California film distribution company, stopped paying tithing in 2017, according to the suit, and began to seek the return of previous donations after a 2019 report that a former employee for the church’s investment arm had filed an IRS complaint alleging the church should be forced to pay taxes on returns made from invested tithing funds.

No other Huntsman family members are involved in the complaint, James Huntsman’s attorney told the Washington Post, which first reported the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in central California.

The suit alleges the church defrauded church members by using tithing funds for purposes other than charity. Huntsman’s suit repeated others’ allegations that the church used $1.4 billion in tithing funds to help pay for City Creek Center in downtown Salt Lake City.

“Through this action,” the lawsuit said, “Mr. Huntsman seeks to recover his tithing funds that were fraudulently obtained by the LDS Corporation. He will then use the recovered funds to benefit organizations and communities whose members have been marginalized by the church’s teachings and doctrines, including by donating to charities supporting LGBTQ, African-American, and women’s rights. Unlike the LDS Corporation, Mr. Huntsman is confident that these charities will actually use his donations for their intended purposes.”

For more information visit deseret.com.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

remote learning after snow storm...
Katija Stjepovic

Canyons School District quickly switched to remote learning after Friday’s snowstorm

Friday’s early morning storm impacted multiple school districts across the Wasatch Front. Several districts adjusted start times and some even canceled classes.
18 hours ago
project safe neighborhood...
Pat Reavy, KSL.com

Federal partnership is helping keep Salt Lake violent crime down, city says

Salt Lake City leaders say violent crime remains down in the city thanks in part to their continued partnership with federal law enforcers.
18 hours ago
Dodoma City Commissioner Shekimweri and FEET director Benard Mwanawile in Dodoma Tanzania 16 Nov 20...
Madison Swenson

Church donates 74,000 fruit tree seedlings to Dodoma region of Tanzania

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donated 74,000 fruit tree seedlings to the Dodoma region of Tanzania, and local leaders are thanking them for it. 
18 hours ago
A Kanab man kicked out of a downtown Salt Lake nightclub following a fight later shot and killed a ...
Pat Reavy, KSL.com

Kanab man charged with killing woman after fight at Salt Lake club

A Kanab man kicked out of a downtown Salt Lake nightclub following a fight later shot and killed a woman in a nearby parking lot, according to murder charges filed Friday.
18 hours ago
FILE: Salt Lake City snowplows. (Salt Lake City Government)...
Karah Brackin

Snowplow drivers clear roads through back-to-back storms

Snowplows have been going long before the sun came up on Friday morning responding to the latest snowstorm.
18 hours ago
Matt Gwyther (left) and Dennis Rowley Gwyther (right). (Photo Provided By: Matt Gwyther)...
Daniella Rivera

How mental health staffing shortages are delaying justice in Utah’s courts

A Utah man waiting for justice after the 2019 murder of his husband says staffing issues at the Utah State Hospital have contributed to months of delays in court.
18 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
James Huntsman Files Lawsuit Seeking Return Of Tithing; Church Calls Fraud Claims ‘Baseless’