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Should Churches (Temples, Churches, Synagogues, Mosques) Be Tax Exempt?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 11/5/2014 Category: Religion
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Round One: Acceptance
Round Two: First Arguments
Round Three: Rebuttals/Further Arguments
Round Four: Rebuttals/No New Arguments
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Churches, no matter denomination, each maintain a set of rules, policies, and beliefs that very differently between them. Before official government establishment (example, the US government) religion held a steady role in the lives of individuals. Though divided by belief, colonists depended on religious doctrine to survive. These non-profit organizations survive even today, even after government is firmly established in our nation. Speaking of non-profit, what does it mean? It means the organization indicated receives its income or funds from donations from the private sector, lacking any form of government intervention in terms of funding. Owning a private sector organization, without government funding, has enough trouble as is operating. Furthermore, church officials, maintaining church tradition, do receive any form of pay. Though they do now to stay afloat in society, in early times, they worked for no salary. Let me also remind you how long churches have been around; before rigid establishment of government. Their rules, principles, beliefs, and infrastructure have survived til today, and have served as an impactful role in society. Thus, taxation of the hutch is not only immoral, but completely unnecessary.
Debate Round No. 1
Putt-Putt

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I am glad you accepted the debate, but as you had not followed rules I will consider your arguments null and void and make my own arguments that do not rebut the arguments stated above.

According to former White House senior policy analyst Jeff Schweitzer, PhD, US churches own $300-$500 billion in untaxed property. [1] New York City alone loses $627 million in annual property tax revenue due to 9,500 churches being tax-exempt, according to a July 2011 analysis by New York's nonpartisan Independent Budget Office. [2] [3] This amount of money from a "non-profit" organization being lost is staggering. A non-profit organization is an organization that relies solely on donations. However if you are familiar with the bible, it is stated that 10% of your income should be given to the church every Sunday during service. Now this is not "donating", it is almost a requirement if a person is a member of the church. I would also like to point out that many other non-profit organizations are not tax exempt. To become a non-profit organization, there is an application requirement that is granted by the state. To become a tax-exempt organization, there is another form to be filed that then needs to go through the IRS for approval by the federal government. Being a non-profit organization should not be an automatic qualifier for churches to be tax-exempt.

My second argument is the fact of Constitutionality. The tax exemptions of all other business require a form to be filed (900) and to be looked over before tax exemption is given to a business or organization. churches are granted automatic tax exemption without having to fill out a form, showing that the federal government and IRS give churches special treatment, which is unconstitutional. This also forces the religion of churches upon everyone, religious or not. As Mark Twain once said, "No church property is taxed and so the infidel and the atheist and the man without religion are taxed to make up the deficit in the public income thus caused." [4] The church does not necessarily benefit the government, giving the church or other religious group the right to be tax exempt.

My arguments will be further continued in the next round. I would like to remind Pro, in order for the first rounds arguments to be considered valid, they must be restated as the rules clearly say no arguments until round two.

Thank you for accepting the debate, I look forward to a lively and great debate with you! Happy debating!

1. Jeff Schweitzer, PhD, "The Church of America," www.huffingtonpost.com, Oct. 11, 2011
2. ndependent Budget Office of the City of New York, "City"s Multitude of Property Tax Exemptions Add Up to a Wealth of Revenue Foregone," ibo.nyc.ny.us, July 15, 2011
3. David Seifman, "New York City's Losing $13.5B in Property-Tax Breaks," www.nypost.com, July 16, 2011
4. Mark Twain, Mark Twain's Notebook, 1935
Broadnixdebate

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Debate Round No. 2
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Extend Arguments
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Debate Round No. 3
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Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by cheyennebodie 2 years ago
cheyennebodie
It would be a disaster to tax churches or religion. Government should never have that kind of control over what people believe and what is preached. Trust me, if they could tax, it would only be to gain control. of the folks.
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