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Originally posted by OldDragger
reply to post by Xtrozero
Legally, if the IRS says it's a "church" it does.
I'm asking the christians how they feel about that.
why are they tax exempt?
Automatic Exemption for Churches Churches that meet the requirements of IRC section 501(c)(3) are automatically considered tax exempt and are not required to apply for and obtain recognition of tax-exempt status from the IRS. Although there is no requirement to do so, many churches seek recognition of tax-exempt status from the IRS because such recognition assures church leaders, members, and contributors that the church is recognized as exempt and qualifies for related tax benefits. For example, contributors to a church that has been recognized as tax exempt would know that their contributions generally are tax-deductible
Churches and religious organizations, like many other charitable organizations, qualify for exemption from federal income tax under IRC section 501(c)(3) and are generally eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. To qualify for tax-exempt status, such an organization must meet the following requirements (covered in greater detail throughout this publication):
■ the organization must be organized and operated exclusively for religious, educational, scientific, or other charitable purposes,
■ net earnings may not inure to the benefit of any private individual or shareholder,
■ no substantial part of its activity may be attempting to influence legislation,
■ the organization may not intervene in political campaigns, and
■ the organization’s purposes and activities may not be illegal or violate fundamental public policy.
Why would the churches you are refering to not qualify as non profits?
Religious, Educational, Charitable, Scientific, Literary, Testing for Public Safety, to Foster National or International Amateur Sports Competition, or Prevention of Cruelty to Children or Animals Organizations
Is your criteria "they are doing good"?
Then why couldn't any organization make the same claim, why are churches different?
What about a church that owns 50,000 acres of prime land and pays no property tax? Do we just assume the land is for "doing good"?
Originally posted by octotom
Out of curiousity...
Along with Religious groups, organizations that "Foster National or International Amateur Sports Competition" get tax-exempt status under 501(c)(3), as do organizations that prevent cruelty for animals.
How do those of you that are against churches being tax-exempt feel about this? Why should they be tax-exempt?