Should churches lose tax exempt status?

You have no right to withhold taxes (or break any of our other laws, like anti-discrimination) just because you believe a ghost story you heard.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    God will "tax" you one day. Better start praying.

    Wow, a lot of dense people here thinking all churches are rolling in money. Most make enough just to pay the bills.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    What someone "thinks", or what their opinion may be is irrelevant. It's a matter of the LAW:

    Amendment 1

    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the FREE exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

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  • car253
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Many should lose their tax exempt status?

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  • 6 months ago

    Absolutely not and the world is getting very tired of Christians telling us they should have special privileges and how these multimillionaire preachers are exempt from paying taxes is unbelievably corrupt.

    • Patrick
      Lv 7
      5 months agoReport

      Nonsense.

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  • Clive
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Yes, unless they can prove that they do something useful for society, like any other proper charity.

    The British government ran into a huge problem with this one when it tried in 2006 to define what should be charitable. This hadn't been revised since 1601 so it was high time to look at it. The result was the prospect of private schools losing charitable status unless they do something more for the community than providing expensive education, so they all scuttled around trying to think of something such as letting people use their facilities cheaply or free.

    And this also meant trying to define a religion, which they found they couldn't. There was a fun debate in the House of Lords on this. The previous definition defined a religion as an organisation that has public worship of one god, which excluded all the religions that have more than one god or no god at all, so that had to go. It did at least exclude that money-making scam called scientology. Eventually they found they couldn't define religion and left it up to the Charity Commission to say yes or no in individual cases, which ended up leaving everything as it was but meant the Commission now had no basis not to give tax relief to scientology. The best part of the debate was the realisation that there was no way to exclude Satanism from the definition.

    The new law was on the right lines, though - allow tax relief if an organisation provides "public benefit". And just worshipping a god who doesn't provably exist does not, in itself, benefit the public.

    • car253
      Lv 7
      6 months agoReport

      GREAT ANSWER !! I loved it.

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  • Jeff D
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Churches are not tax exempt because they believe in a deity, they're tax exempt because they operate as non-profit charities. Churches get the same tax exempt status as any other Section 501(c)(3) organization, such as the American Red Cross, Planned Parenthood, and the NRA.

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    • Jeff D
      Lv 7
      6 months agoReport

      They run food banks, organize clothing drives, take care of parishioners (and others) who are homeless, etc. As to why, I guess that's the sort of thing they believe they should be doing.

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  • 6 months ago

    Yes. In fact religion, especially Christianity, should lose all of their special status in society. They should be allowed to operate but should not have any special status (of which they have a lot). But what's the point in having such a demanding social club if there are no social, political, and economic benefits? Or in other words, that's the whole point of organized religion, to secure special status in society.

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    I know this is complicated, but we should allow the churches who receive these exemptions to be charitable organizations. These are organizations that don't receive any federal funds. They are not churches, in general.

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  • 6 months ago

    Oh and Unions, Political Groups and Whack Job Groups do? get rid of it for everyone or not at all.

    Besides part of being a non profit is that you don't make a profit that can be taxed

    All the salaries to workers are subject to Income Tax

  • 6 months ago

    Churches are not funded by taxes. They are funded by the people.

    God is real, and God loves you

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    • car253
      Lv 7
      6 months agoReport

      Churches should LOSE their tax exempt status. Many do nothing to help the community.

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