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Old 09-09-2011, 10:40 AM
 
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Great article with salient points on the topic of removing tax exemption from churches.

Real Shared Sacrifice: It's Time For Churches To Pay Taxes

"It is finally the time to eliminate the tax-exempt, non-profit status of every church in America whether it is the vile Southern Baptist Convention affiliates, Islamic Mosques, Jewish Tabernacles or Buddhist monasteries. At the same time, the tax code must be revised to eliminate the double-dipping statutes that allow the clergy to avoid paying the same rate of income tax as the rest of the American population. Religion has taken welfare from the American people long enough and with communities laying off fire fighters, police officers, and school teachers while struggling to make ends meet, churches of every denomination are enjoying government entitlements working Americans never receive."
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:51 PM
 
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Great article with salient points on the topic of removing tax exemption from churches.

Real Shared Sacrifice: It's Time For Churches To Pay Taxes

"It is finally the time to eliminate the tax-exempt, non-profit status of every church in America whether it is the vile Southern Baptist Convention affiliates, Islamic Mosques, Jewish Tabernacles or Buddhist monasteries. At the same time, the tax code must be revised to eliminate the double-dipping statutes that allow the clergy to avoid paying the same rate of income tax as the rest of the American population. Religion has taken welfare from the American people long enough and with communities laying off fire fighters, police officers, and school teachers while struggling to make ends meet, churches of every denomination are enjoying government entitlements working Americans never receive."
No big spiel or rhetoric needed: Just exempt what would be reasonable for them to carry out their bona fide charitable endevors...but tax all their income and gains above that...and all their property and holdings not necessary for the charity.
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Old 09-09-2011, 01:18 PM
 
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There are even ways a Jewish person can turn their house into a place of worship and get a tax break that way. I use to do military funerals, and one of the churches I went to had posted the amounts of their monetary donations (which was great of them to do that, I was surprised), people dropped $16,000 on this place. What a wild society we are.
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Old 09-09-2011, 01:33 PM
 
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No big spiel or rhetoric needed: Just exempt what would be reasonable for them to carry out their bona fide charitable endevors...but tax all their income and gains above that...and all their property and holdings not necessary for the charity.
As long as such endevors are not used for advertisement purpose, but only heartfelt and unconditional.
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Old 09-09-2011, 01:41 PM
 
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There are even ways a Jewish person can turn their house into a place of worship and get a tax break that way. I use to do military funerals, and one of the churches I went to had posted the amounts of their monetary donations (which was great of them to do that, I was surprised), people dropped $16,000 on this place. What a wild society we are.
Happens quite often where I live (Long Island). There is a private-house-turned-temple probably at least one per block.
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Old 09-09-2011, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Warren, Michigan
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I think a good idea would be a tax ceiling for churchs; I mean to say if they bring in a certain amount of money, then tax them; such as these " Mega churchs." But if their small, then let them be.
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Old 09-09-2011, 01:57 PM
 
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The entire tax code needs to be redone from top to bottom, including what churches pay.
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Old 09-09-2011, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Warren, Michigan
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I think a good idea would be a tax ceiling for churchs; I mean to say if they bring in a certain amount of money, then tax them; such as these " Mega churchs." But if their small, then let them be.

I think a 100,00.00 tax ceiling would be credible; if they make over that a year, then tax them.
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Old 09-09-2011, 02:37 PM
 
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I think a good idea would be a tax ceiling for churchs; I mean to say if they bring in a certain amount of money, then tax them; such as these " Mega churchs." But if their small, then let them be.
No. Churches are a business, they should be taxed like anyone else.
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Old 09-09-2011, 06:32 PM
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Location: The Haunted Mansion
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No. Churches are a business, they should be taxed like anyone else.
Can you provide a link for this? Something that shows a non-Catholic church making a profit, since your OP mentions these groups.
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