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Karelyn.Tatis
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sgtpepsband
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End tax breaks for religious organizations

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Started: 3/4/2014 Category: Religion
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Karelyn.Tatis

Con

Premise: Not all religious organizations enjoys tax breaks, only those our government deems legitimate.
Premise: The way in which the government chooses which religious organizations to not tax seems unfair.
Conclusion: Therefore, all churches should have to pay government taxes
sgtpepsband

Pro

Premise:Churches ( referring to place of worship) have to go under stringent IRS protocol.

Premise:Religions like Scientology and the Church of The Flying Spaghetti Monster do not fulfill these criteria.

Premise:One of the Biggest reasons why Churches are not taxed is to show separation of church and state, as seen in
Supreme Court ruling of Walz v. Tax Commission of the City of New York.

Conclusion:Taxing religious organizations that follow the rules of the IRS is in strict violation of the first amendment.

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Debate Round No. 1
Karelyn.Tatis

Con

Religious organizations can and do take great advantage of their tax-free status. Many amass great wealth and vast media empires - all of it off the tax rolls. They can afford to pay taxes.
sgtpepsband

Pro

You are right to say that Churches save money by having tax exceptions. But any money they do make is going right back into the community. These organizations are responsible for soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and after-school programs for poor families. Religious leaders do not get to pocket the money for themselves. Religious organizations are among some of the top non profit organizations in the US ( YMCA, Campus Crusade for Christ, Catholic Charities USA, etc. ).

Think about the consequences of taxing these organizations. All that money that would be going to the needy, would instead, be going to the IRS.
Debate Round No. 2
Karelyn.Tatis

Con

Churches need to be taxed. Consider that for every tax dollar a religious organization does not pay, you and I pay it on its behalf. Many are among the wealthiest organizations in the world: by 1971, the amount of real and personal property owned by U.S. churches"was approx. $110 billion. In New York City alone, the amount was $3 billion in 1989. A 1986 estimate showed religious income in that year of approx. $100 billion, or about"five times the income of the five largest corporations in the U.S.""All tax free. There are many other organizations the needy can turn to.
sgtpepsband

Pro

I would not be debating with you if every priest was driving a Ferrari 458. But obviously that just not true.

Do you really think we would not be paying the same amount of taxes, if we made churches pay taxes? Organizations like the Red Cross would cease to exist. Making the Government responsible to fill in. Where do you think the Government is going to get that money from? That's right, you and me.

Organizations like the Red Cross and YMCA are able to do what they do,because they don't have to worry about taxes. By Taxing Churches you are actually hurting people not helping, not only that, risking the chance of our taxes going up to continue the programs these organizations already do.
Debate Round No. 3
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