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To what extent, and even if, tax exemptions should be given to religious organizations and churches depends on why tax exemptions exist at all. If you think tax exemptions exist because charities provide public benefits, you may be suspicious of giving exemptions to churches. If you think tax exemptions exist because charitable organizations have no net income, then churches will should qualify.

 

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August 22, 2007 at 3:16 pm
(1) Len H says:

Basically the reason for tax exemptions is the same for nonprofit organizations. They provide a public service free of charge. Church organizations do not charge to walk in their door but many many of them like the Salvation Army supply thousands of dollars in disaster relief, feed the poor etc. if it weren’t for them, there would be a lot of hurting people out there. There extent is felt worldwide. As for actual businesses their services even if sometimes they charge for a product, they do not make money on it. i.e. Salvation Army Thrift Stores, Good will industries. and many more charitable organizations. They cater to homeless people as well. Let me just say that without the help of many of these churches and nonprofit organizations, people that were in such disasterous places like New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina would still be digging out from a much greater mess than they are in now and loss of life would have been staggering. Also people in India from the floods etc. There are many more examples too. Thank God for them. You maybe in need of them someday. We all need a helping hand from time to time.

August 24, 2007 at 10:19 pm
(2) John Hanks says:

Income tax exemptions are graft masquerading as government. Exemptions are always extortion from everyone else.

September 17, 2007 at 3:30 pm
(3) Tom T says:

This is one of those ‘quitely quitely sneaky monkey but carry big stick’ things.

Charity organisations like for example the salvation army thrift stores and food banks and such, definately deserve the tax breaks – but your basic church in my view, does not.

The idea of taxes is that everyone contributes to the running of the country and government enabling that government to run for everyone. I don’t see why churches, that regularly turn a sizable profit, should be exempt from supporting society. Does anyone else?

I mean it’s not like they don’t benefit from tht eservices provided by the city/or area, police, fire, power, sewer, water and so forth. Why should they not pay for it like everyone else?

November 3, 2009 at 3:49 pm
(4) Larian LeQuella says:

I thought religious organizations in the US are just Political Action Groups for the GOP (except those dirty Jews and Muslims of course!).

November 3, 2009 at 5:33 pm
(5) Jeffrey says:

@Len H:
Why are we thanking “god” for what people did? Would it not be possible for them to do the good things they do without saying that they did it because of any god? What about the money that these religious organizations funnel into anti-gay legislation? Should their attempts to influence public policy also be protected from tax assessments? Could that money have been better used for the social programs you listed? SHOULD that money be EXPECTED to be spent on such programs, and not on attempts to twist the law so that everyone is forced to live as believers do?
If people want to do good and charitable works, they can certainly find secular organizations in the phone book that they can volunteer for. If they want to contribute financially, they can write a check in the privacy of their own home. There is nothing about entering a church building that gives them special freedom to perform those acts. There is NO REASON for churches to be tax exempt. If religious organizations REALLY feel that they deserve it because of the good things they do, then they better be able to demonstrate that they are staying OUT of politics, legislation, and government.

November 3, 2009 at 9:59 pm
(6) tom says:

Not sure to what extent and why re: tax exempt. to R. Org. However, my guess is that it’s not an issue that most people think about or that its going to change anytime soon.

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