Blog about the Taxing Churches
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We should focus making Churches Pay Taxes a bigger political issue.I heard the other day on CNBC that churches get to avoid paying taxes because they were taxed so bad when they came over here from Europe - not for the reason that they are non-profit. Something to this effect... so I thought I would research it and I found this blog at blogcritics.org that is a great read on how some churches could pay taxes and lessen our taxes! I also found a site called taxchurches.com.
I think below is a great argument:
This blog makes an interesting point where it states “I believe that the tax-exempt status of a religious institution should be proportional to its nondenominational charitable activities.”
The blog also goes on to give other great points why churches should be taxed:
Still, think about it next time you walk (or drive) by the churches in your area. What if they all had to pay property taxes the same way you or your landlord does, the same way the commercial building owners on Main St. do? Then your municipality would have more income and could lower property taxes. Your tax burden (or rent) could be less. Meanwhile the churches, if they had to account for every untaxed dollar they spent, would be better practitioners of what they preach.
I sent this out to my email group before posting it here and here is a response:
I checked the links on the email you sent and particularly like the Mark Twain quote (although it is, of course, out of date---not sure what Germany does now but I bet it's not this):
In Germany they recognize two sects, Catholic and Protestant. These receive State support; and their schools receive State support. Other sects are taxed to support these sects and schools, and have to run their own churches and schools at their own cost. It is infamous.
Who can I vote for that will make Churches and these non-profit groups pay taxes? If I run a business and pay taxes I want all these Porsche driving preacher owned non-profits, Kabula foundations, and charitable organizations gauged on a scale of a percentage they help causes vs. the percentage used for fancy buildings etc.
I don't know how the Baptists do their finances, but I know the Catholics spend a lot more money on buildings and trying to get more recruits than they do on doing good in the world. Besides, the money they spent doing good in the world could be written off on their taxes with the plan this blogger speaks about.
Then again, Any politician that campaigned on taxing churches would be fried mincemeat. Especially in this country!
Some of the big giant mega churches are about 80% show and 20% good. These mega-churches should be taxed on the 80%. The kind of church I like is the one room church in Little House that doubled as a school. This is what I consider as a real church.
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