Ben Fuller

Johnson City, TN

#1 Aug 4, 2012
We are leaving $71 billion bucks per year on the table by NOT taxing churches. Here's the deal. Recently, the supreme court listened to corporations say that they had to pay taxes, but had no representation. They won. Now we have churches that have representation, but they don't pay tax. I am a Christian. I believe that we should tax churches. BIG TIME. Anything that has a voice should have to pay.

However, I do think that a pastors salary should be tax free. And any charitable donations should come off the top. But after that.....TAX TIME !!! If they are going to spend money and time on setting policy, THEY MUST PAY TAX !! It's the constitution.
Johnston

Mountain City, TN

#2 Aug 4, 2012
I agree. If a church endorses a political candidate or make a donation to a political organization, they should lose their tax exempt status. However, it should be based on political affiliation , not belief. Giving the current environment, that would be hard to distinguish. For example, and this is my opinion, if a church states that they oppose same sex marriage, that is their belief and is protected under the first amendment. If they give an endorsement or instruct their congregation to vote for a particular candidate, they cross the line and should lose their tax exempt status. Also, if you are going to take the tax exempt status away from the church, then it should apply across the board to all non-profits. If you only take it away from the church, it becomes persecution and discrimination.
really

United States

#3 Aug 5, 2012
But see here's the thing. All churches are considered not for proffit organizations yet some of them do not do anything for the community or charity at all. I believe if you are going to have tax exempt status, you should have to prove that the purchases made under that status are for food pantries, clothing drives, childrens sports teams, community things that benefit a lot of people (even those that do not belong to the tax exempt organization). I have seen people use tax exempt status for purchases that appear to be just their groceries for home for the week. Now granted, they could have been purchasing groceries for a family in need but if that was the case, why did one woman turn and give her preteen son a bag of chips she had just bought using the tax exempt number. I don't think churches having tax exempt status is the issue. I think its the abuse of tax exempt status that is the real problem.
Need

Jonesborough, TN

#4 Aug 11, 2012
Groceries should not be taxed any way
Money

Jonesborough, TN

#5 Aug 12, 2012
I agree
Jonesborough

Jonesborough, TN

#6 Aug 12, 2012
Money wrote:
I agree
Hey Jonesborough you seem to have had plenty of time last night to reply to just about every thread on here and then turn around and post under 100 different names how you agree with yourself. Are you really that lonely/bored?
Johnston

Mountain City, TN

#7 Aug 12, 2012
really wrote:
But see here's the thing. All churches are considered not for proffit organizations yet some of them do not do anything for the community or charity at all. I believe if you are going to have tax exempt status, you should have to prove that the purchases made under that status are for food pantries, clothing drives, childrens sports teams, community things that benefit a lot of people (even those that do not belong to the tax exempt organization). I have seen people use tax exempt status for purchases that appear to be just their groceries for home for the week. Now granted, they could have been purchasing groceries for a family in need but if that was the case, why did one woman turn and give her preteen son a bag of chips she had just bought using the tax exempt number. I don't think churches having tax exempt status is the issue. I think its the abuse of tax exempt status that is the real problem.
The example you give is not the church abusing the tax exempt status, but an individual committing fraud. This should be prosecuted if discovered. The loss of tax exempt status that I was referring to was, like other non-profits, not paying taxes on the money that is taken in.
Agree

Jonesborough, TN

#8 Aug 12, 2012
Good point

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