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originally posted by: wayforward
Should churches be taxed less than businesses? Please explain your answer. I'm curious to see what the ATS members have to say about the topic. If this poll gets to the 2nd page I'll add my own opinion.
originally posted by: beezzer
I think they should be taxed.
There should be no exceptions to the rule.
originally posted by: AnIntellectualRedneck
No. Churches are non-profit organizations that don't charge membership fees, function off donations, and do massive amounts of charity work.
Yes, they pay their employees, and, yes, they sometimes build big buildings to house their congregations, yes, there are some that take advantage of this, but that's pretty much every non-profit in existence.
originally posted by: LadyGreenEyes
a reply to: wayforward
Churches should not be taxed. The government is supposed to stay out of religious areas, and taxing churches is not staying out. The way the Constitution is written, this seems very clear.
originally posted by: generik
but hey for those that feel the church should pay taxes, then ALL "charities" should be required to do the same. as for big business they should be required to pay their fair share of taxes, unlike now where there are so many tax exemptions that they don't even come close to paying their fair share. things like building upgrades and maintenance (which seems to be why a few gas stations i know seem to be rebuilt every couple of years), or paying sponsorships for sports and other events, as tax write offs.
originally posted by: Lipton
...if you recall Jesus's opinion of money changers, the prideful and gluttons, then I'm pretty sure he's rolling over in his grave over the notion of gilded Mega Churches and preachers driving pink Cadillacs. ...
originally posted by: bloodreviara
They are a business whether they want to admit it or not, we have
a classification for organizations that wish to do charitable things
and that could also be used to cover churches that are only interested
in charity so my answer would be 95% of them yes as they are
indeed a business and the 5% who actually act as charities can
qualify for that tax free status.
I have simply seen far too much corruption from within these
organizations to ever be convinced the majority are charities.
I dunno honestly i think religion gets far far too much special
treatment from the government and respect it has not earned.
originally posted by: WanDash
a reply to: wayforward
Is there a one-size-fits-all answer? I don't know.
Kenneth Copeland Ministries purchased some significant properties to house its "complex" on... Later...decided to see if there was OIL on it...and - Boom! How Good God Is!
So - with tax-exempt donations - they purchased lands...and on those lands, wild-catted a well...
Well - good for them.
Wish I/we/the-rest-of-us could get tax-free donations to do the same.
ETA: I work in the O&G industry... There are so many "Religious" institutions that play the Petro-Dollar game, it isn't even funny. And - they all (Most) get the banks to do the 'dirty work' for them...