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Should churches, mosques, synagogues and other religious temples be taxed?

Posted by on Sep. 29, 2017 at 9:46 AM
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Why?

What's the difference between a church and a charity?

So far as tax purposes are concerned? If a church helps the poor then they're a charity, right? If we tax the churches we should tax charities as well. 

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by Pepperlynn on Sep. 29, 2017 at 9:52 AM
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Snakes like Joel Osteen, Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggert, Robert Tilton should be taxed. They run their church like a business rather than charity.
JordannRenee
by on Sep. 29, 2017 at 9:59 AM

YES! I worked for a church my first couple years in college. Churches should be taxed.

PamR
by Ruby Member on Sep. 29, 2017 at 10:03 AM
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Perhaps the IRS should look at how much of the money brought into a church via donations are used in charitable ways.  If the church is using money to enrich themselves and/or their pastor (like some megachurches seem to do), and they begin involving themselves in political issues, they should be taxed. 

PPCLC
by Lisa on Sep. 29, 2017 at 10:13 AM
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I've never fully understood why they weren't being taxed, honestly.

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Sep. 29, 2017 at 10:16 AM
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If any church or church leader inserts themself into government or politics, the tax exemption should be pulled. There should be zero politicking from the pulpit.

hotspice58
by Silver Member on Sep. 29, 2017 at 10:17 AM

Not all churches help the poor.  anyone can set up some chairs and get a few bibles and call it a church.  It's not always.

IAMmomtotrips
by Bronze Member on Sep. 29, 2017 at 10:25 AM
Yes they should be.
trippyhippy
by Platinum Member on Sep. 29, 2017 at 10:29 AM

Hell yes!

Reading.Rainbow
by Sif on Sep. 29, 2017 at 10:30 AM

If they're big enough.

grokgrace
by New Member on Sep. 29, 2017 at 10:32 AM
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Yes, they should. If they have a charitable organization, then that can be separated from the actual church/mosque/ synagogue and taxed differently or not at all. But religious organizations shouldn’t be exempt solely because they are religious.
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