Churches need to be taxed just like any other business.

Asked by: AthiestQueen
  • They should be treated like nonprofits

    Every religious building the the US should have to file a 990 every year and every donation made by a church should be subject to IRS audit and public scrutiny. If a church fails to donate the proper amount of it's profits or if the profits don't end up going to real charities, the church should lose it's tax-exempt status.

  • They have political influence

    Churches have huge political influence. They shouldn't, but they do. They speak out against anything considered wrong by the bible, and the generate huge amounts of money. If they want to play politics, they need to pay their entry fee, and if they want to make a profit, it needs to be taxed like everyone else's. Conservatives complain about lower class "freeloaders", but churches on the biggest drain on the system there is!

  • They make political statements, and the entry fee for politics is taxation.

    Even though the first amendment specifically creates a separation of church and state, they have huge political influence. Their sermons freely spew hatred at anything that goes against their interpretation of the bible, and they accumulate a ton of revenue. If they make money and participate in politics, they should pay taxes on it like anyone else does. Conservatives complain about the lower class being "free loaders", but churches are the biggest drain on the system there is!

  • If they are true business.

    Not all churches can be defined as a business. If they are getting income in a way other than collection and are providing a profitable service (such as marriage counseling or therapy) then absolutely. They are running a true business beyond the traditional church services that gain their money through charity. Basically, organizations like Salvation Army that use charity as their main income should not be taxed, but those like Forest Park Baptist who offer marriage counseling at a fee should.

  • They follow the rules of a 501(c)(3) they should be treated like a Charity. Maybe should file 990s too. But no, Churches shouldn't be taxed

    Pity that those commenting they should be taxed hasn't been to a Church in, what I assume, is a long time. Otherwise they would know that Churches rarely (if ever) make political statements and try to influence their congregation. Begin taxing them and they'll begin endorsing candidates. Which both you and I DO NOT WANT. Also Churches operate as a non-profit, and that's as simple as I can put that. Tax-wise if they meet the criteria of a Church (including no inurement of benefits or political advocacy) then they are considered 501(c)(3) charities and must act like other charities. If they do so, they may qualify for tax-exemption. Churches do not have to register with the IRS by submitting Form 1023, but many do so anyway. Churches do not have to file yearly 990s (though maybe they should). I think it's funny that those supporting this think that nearly all Churches are somehow getting away with breaking all these rules, but what else would I expect from the 16yr-old 'Atheist Queen'
    *rolls eyes from your ignorance

    Posted by: JDuB
  • And have their tax dollars to to things they're against like war?

    Should a church be forced to give their money to planned parenthood or other organizations that do things they oppose? No and neither should people. Religious organizations like churches and mosques shouldn't be taxed unless there are laws in their state so that their money doesn't go to something their against. A church might be run by people with opposition to war and such and they shouldn't pay for it.

  • Churches are not a business, they are more like a charity.

    The purpose of a business is to create revenue, but the purpose of a charity is to help people. Churches were created to help people. To prove this, look at the tithes and offering. These generate revenue, but are donations. If churches were a business, people would have to pay to enter them.

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