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[*] Post 339862 posted on 16-6-2008 at 20:52 Reply With Quote
Should American churches have tax-exempt status?



This is from the Presidential campaign topic, after I mentined that Obama speaking at church would be considered by some to be a violoation of their tax-exempt status. If you want to see the full context, you may look at that topic.
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Religion in America is big business and as such should be subject to the taxes that all other businesses have to deal with. Why should those who plead for the money of poor people on television religious programming live opulent lives with tax exempt status? Why should scientologists be allowed tax exemption just because they claim to be a church? Why should megachurches be allowed tax exemption?
What do others think? (And what more does Mary wish to say?):)
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[*] Post 339863 posted on 16-6-2008 at 20:53 Reply With Quote


Business enterprises that are associated with religion pay the same taxes that other business enterprises pay. Christian recording artists and the companies that employ them pay taxes, the same as rock artists. Christian authors who sell books to the public pay taxes, the same as any other for-profit publishers.

Most congregations (local churches) barely manage to scrape by, financially, even with their tax-exempt status. It's common for them not to be able to even pay for adequate staff for all the things that need doing, with the result that some of the jobs--janitor work, yardwork, building upkeep--are done by volunteers. Many congregations are served by ministers whose congregations cannot fully support them, so they must work at another job for additional income. I recall the statistic that most congregations in the U.S. have fewer than 100 active members.
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[*] Post 339866 posted on 16-6-2008 at 21:04 Reply With Quote


Perhaps I should create my own church:D
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