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Feds place tax lien on Bishop Eddie Long and widow Vanessa Long

Bishop Eddie L. Long (Photo: New Missionary Baptist Church file photo)

The U.S. Department of the Treasury claims that the estate belonging to the late Bishop Eddie L. Long and wife Vanessa Long has outstanding debts to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the agency has placed a lien to recover the debt.

Despite the fact that Long died of an aggressive form of cancer in January, the Internal Revenue Service, a department within the Treasury, has filed a notice of a federal tax lien on the former religious power couple, according to documents filed in May in DeKalb County Superior Court, the AJC reports.

The IRS is seeking $335,216.34.

Long was the senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia in DeKalb County, an eastern suburb of Atlanta.

The document said that taxes (including interest and penalties) have been assessed against the Longs.

“We have made a demand for payment for this liability, but it remains unpaid,” according to the filing. “Therefore, there is a lien in favor of the United States on all property and rights to property belonging to this taxpayer for the amount of these taxes, and additional penalties, interest and costs that may accrue.”

Long’s financial and religious empire began to crumble before the world’s eyes after shocking and image-destroying scandals rocked the suburban Atlanta church in rapid succession.

In 2010, four male members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church claimed Long exploited his role as spiritual leader to coerce them into having sex with him when they were teenagers. The men alleged Long abused his spiritual authority to lavish them with money, cars, clothes, jewelry, international trips and access to celebrities in exchange for sexual favors. They also claim Long has had sexual relations with multiple other members.

Pastor Long “categorically” denied the allegations through his attorney and in front of his megachurch audience, but he settled his sexual lawsuit with his four accusers for a reported $15 million.

And In 2011, despite Long denying he did anything wrong in the infamous Ponzi scheme scandal, he nevertheless forked over some of the money that New Birth Missionary Baptist Church members gave pastor and “financial guru” Ephren Taylor in a closed settlement, the media reports. The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed to the public.



  1. britishrose on July 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    wow we should all have learned a valuable lesson about these so called mega pastors from this one , he seems like the type who did do those crimes , why would those boys make that up,? money may have been behind their exposing it but i doubt if they lied he was another one of atlanta undercover bilbe thrumping queers , if you notice theire are no gay churches>? because they gays find a church that accept them or most want go to church. in atlanta its different if your downlow , gay or what ever churches accept you there . np ,but the issue is some of these pastors are gay and refuse to come out , in eddie long case ,some gay men had been whispering for years he was gay but his church had no idea, all you had to do is look at the way he dressed greassy head , high dollar suites rings , and tight tank shirts and pants tight , gym buff, and not saying a pastor cant look good its just that , its real questionable if its a mega church . he lost a lot of money cause members slowly left when their friends raised a brow at them letting the fox mine the sheep.
    im surprise he lasted that long . so he got cancer huh? sounds like hiv possibly covered up . his wife is just a desperate example of atlanta females .,so many them are gay too and will accept a gay man, cause he lets her play with women . hell gonna be preheated for long and all his followers . only a shepard from god can mind the sheep. and its only 1 in a b illion on this earth qualified. 1 in every billion . really truth . 200 different religions in the USA go figure the rest

  2. Margo Mays on July 2, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    That’s why it’s hard for people to go to church now because people an preachers are using the word for financial gain when they can read the word for themselves an god will revel what you need to know

    • Antoinette Holliday on July 2, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      Yes indeed…

    • Mason Youngblood on July 7, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Amen to that.

  3. Campbell King on July 2, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Independant and non-denom churches are scam outfits to fleece the gullible——-and so are a lot of the mainline denominations…Tax free church is criminal ~~~~~~

    • britishrose on July 6, 2017 at 9:50 am

      clue is tax free , why would the goverment let them be tax free? this is what feeds their crimes against the church if you can take that money and do what you please , that means your not paying taxes on your income . creflo dollar is hell bound he worships money not god

  4. coolwater101 on July 4, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    You got to watch the money at all times man..

  5. DDj47 on July 5, 2017 at 11:58 am

    honestly when you give your tithes and offerings you give it as a sacrifice unto the Lord. If the ministers/pastors miss use these funds….God will deal with them. Not my problem. I have done what was asked of me.

    • britishrose on July 5, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      the slaves didnt give no tithe and offering , the bible said nothing bout money ,cause money was not given in biblical days . so how is money a factor in rather you in the church , the church is for poor to come to , so why would god ask the poor to give a dime? stop all the taught belief handed down from the slave owner to our black azzes we are still brain washed
      believing any man can open a church and profit . there should b e a donation since the church is tax free and all needs to be paid is lights and gas . and lawn car and maid service period . the rest is spent on a preacher high dollar suites and ties .

  6. britishrose on July 5, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    giving money by force is not in the bible , money wasnt even created back in those days , a gift was sheep clothes and food . man has lied about this years , the white man gave you slave minded nigro this concept, and many other concepts africans didnt go to church back in the days we were captured . 200 different religions around the world and you think just yours is gong to heaven. if there is a heaven another man made slave concept .so where is massa going for holding all those slaves with no pay and barely food. and working them like dogs ? this is the same white folks who handed the slaves a bible and taught them to read it and how to interpred its its also said the bible is not the same as the one god gave the orginal holders . this is man version your reading .. church is an inspirational stop . on the way to where ever you will end up . not a guranteed nothing for no one
    its too much crime in churches for it to be a sanctuary and road to heaven . thats why a lot of people want go. you can pray in bed , or on the couch ,and talk to god anytime you want to hes not just in the wicked evil churches , thats the devil play ground for real . . im scared to go because thats where all the partiers , killers convicts and old ladies who use to beat the hell out thier kids go . or the pedofiles and creepy gay pasters go . who want that , a preacher is a man with tons of convictions and yet he can tell you about you . pleasssse . i have heard of a preach lsleeping with most the pretty females in the church and his first lady found out and divorced him ? yet we trust them and treat them like gods . that was what they meant to do brain washing you .
    thats why eddie long got away with so much his church members were demonic gays , and criminal too you have to be to accept that man . another lucifer and his worshippers .

    • Curt Hillard on August 20, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      Their was currency in biblical times when Jesus was handed a coin and was asked should they pay taxes to Cesar and He asked who’s face was on the coin they said Caesar’s then Jesus told them render to Caesar what is Caesar’s and render to God what is God’s.the church is not evil the church belongs to Jesus some of the pastors and staff and members are wrong but you are their to praise God the Father God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.