When the minister picked up the phone, Special Agent Smith from the IRS was on the line.

“Hello, is this the minister?”

“Yes, this is.”

“I’m calling to inquire about a member of your congregation, a Dr. Reynolds. Do you recognize the name?”

“Yes, he is a member of our congregation. How can I be of service?”

“Well, on last year’s tax return, the doctor claimed that he made a sizable tax-deductible contribution to your church. Is this true?”

“Well, I’ll have to have our bookkeeper verify this information for you. How much did Dr. Reynolds say he contributed?”

“$25,000,” answered Agent Smith. “Can you tell me if that amount is true?”

There is a long pause. “I’ll tell you what,” replied the minister. “Call back tomorrow. I’m sure it will be.”

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