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Should donations to a church be tax-deductible?

Asked by: sophie.v
  • A donation is a donation, no matter who you give it to.

    A donation should not be limited to certain categories. If you can donate to red cross, and the cancer society, why can't you donate to church. They are all for different things, but still a donation nonetheless. Disallowing deductible donations to church will soon spread to other things that will not count.

  • Church donations should be tax-deductible

    It encourages society even those with less to give. Also there are a lot of organizations like the red cross or disaster relief programs that receive help from local and non local churches. It would be a safe bet to say that red cross and local church members plus they're donations are first on the scene of a catastrophe. It is a benefit to society as a whole and should not be lost.

  • Of course not

    First off, not all churches have charities. Even if they all did, alot of that money goes into upkeep for the church and church events. On top of that a tax deduction for Churches and other religious institution is in clear opposition to the seperation of church and state. Is it not enough that government gives tax breaks to religiously backed organization, like the Boy Scouts of America (giving them millions in tax breaks and rent)
    "The government already subsidizes religion over 40% of what it subsidizes agriculture, losing over $71 billion dollars a year in tax exemptions and subsidies to religious organizations. Individuals' donations being tax-deductible further worsens the issue. In actuality, a very small percentage of church spending goes to helping the poor or other charitable causes. Certain religious groups, e.G. The Mormon church, will use the money to openly influence politics."
    I think anyone or any group should have the ability to use money to effect politics. That being said, Government shouldn't be sponsoring said organization to help them promote their ideology or their agenda/

  • No, it constitutes violation of the First Amendment.

    A tax-deductible status for religious institutions is a clear violation of the 1st amendment, and must be abolished- "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion." Even if one believes that their religion and their church provide a necessary public service, it does not follow that all religions and all churches necessarily provide a public service which merits support through tax exemptions.

  • Tax-deductible donations to religious organizations hemorrhage government money.

    The government already subsidizes religion over 40% of what it subsidizes agriculture, losing over $71 billion dollars a year in tax exemptions and subsidies to religious organizations. Individuals' donations being tax-deductible further worsens the issue. In actuality, a very small percentage of church spending goes to helping the poor or other charitable causes. Certain religious groups, e.G. The Mormon church, will use the money to openly influence politics.

  • Why should those not appointed be allowed to choose how are taxes are spent. No taxation without rep...

    The donations made to a church being tax free is the same as allowing people to pick on an individual basis how government revenue is spent.The only ones with the athority to delegate our tax revenue is congress which are appointed by the people and for the people. Our taxes are therefore being used by churches as they see fit without our approval. In order to count those donations a person must have an itemized account for taxes which means most low income peoples are not easily afforded this ability. It is an evil practice and should be abolished.


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