I think that churches should pay taxes because we would have to pay less, the government would make more money and it can be used to help people who need financial help. People can support themselves. Some churches make so much money already and are buying things that they don't really need. And its not fair to the rest of us who have to pay taxes
If religion influences the State then they must be taxed. I believe it is that simple.
They should qualify as a non-profit organization and be treated in a similar manner. People who do pay property tax has to pay more tax because all religious property is not taxed and everyone else has to make up for it.
Some people take advantage of the church tax exception by claiming property they own as a church and only using it once a week. I was told recently there is someone in my area who lives in the building they claim is a church and only uphold the minimal requirements needed to receive tax exemption and only work one day a week.
Damning evidence shows institutionalized church abuse of children are just as important as making canyons full of money, So tax the monsters and give it to the victims, Use their taxes to hire more independent investigators to showcase the vile atrocities perpetrated by these so called men of god, Who are in fact child rapists and sacrifice orientated demons
If Churches and Pastors want to stick they're noses into politics, Then they should pay taxes. There's a reason we have a separation of church and state. Yet pastors constantly cross the line. But they continue to get a tax break so they can live in fancy clothes, Wear luxury suits, And drive $100, 000 cars. It's time to tax churches.
Churches and their religious groups have the rights to influence the education of children and participation and influence In politics. They're coverd by fire and police protection etc. That us tax payers have to pay taxes for, With that alone, Churches should have to pay all taxes anyone else is expected to pay. . . . .
Churches have gotten a free ride on MANY issues for far too long, And paying taxes is certainly well overdue! Likewise, All public funding should be ended for all religious programs - including religious based schools. People who choose to keep their faith should be required to foot the bill rather than forcing the non-religious to pay their way.
Would generate a well amount of income while still allowing churches to be able to exist and would not force believers and non-believers to support religion. This would also make it so that the government is following what was put in the constitution as the separation of church and state.
Property taxes support local services the the church uses; roads, police, fire departments and other services. Many churches own large tracts of land that are exempt from the tax rolls. It is unfair for other community members to support the church property by paying higher taxes.
I can see income taxes as being problematic in that it would give the government too much say in how churches expense their income.
Elimination of the charitable deduction would serve to tax the money prior to it being given to a church.
Elimination of the ministers housing allowance is absolutely needed. This is a farce and is given to all sorts of church employees.
Churches take valuable property off from the property tax rolls while consuming the tax funded services supported by property taxes such as police protection, fire protection, sewer, water, the very roads so the attendees can get to said church. Additionally, the amount of "charity" these churches provide is negligible. While some churches pay lip service to "charity" the reality is the vast majority of donations are used to fund the operating expenses of the church, which only provides benefits to the persons donating to that church. It is akin to allowing someone to write off their country club dues from their taxes in the name of charity.
Religion plays monumental role in the influencing of personal thoughts and freedom, and further within laws and regulations of any given nation.
Spotlighting Christianity, tax should be paid in order to compensate for lands, laws and freedoms imposed upon by Christian influence-- hindering freedoms of certain individuals. Coming to an "almost" compromise-- where Christianity need not apply, perhaps tax need not apply. But where Christianity serves as guide [or moral guide] on issues such as healthcare [and related matters such as abortion] and the contraceptive pill, education, trading laws & regulations, etc., compensation should be paid.
I.E. Where Christianity influences content/lack of content taught in schools, payments to the Department of Education would be made to compensate for the lessening of potential for any student enrolled. Furthermore, depending on the country you are from, businesses are required to pay a fee to keep stores open on Sunday, and beyond 6PM-- tax must be paid on the grounds of lost business.
Not only this, where churches are spending upward 1mil on the "refurbishment" of their house of worship, thousands of individuals suffer stresses from financial burden, familial dispute, hunger & thirst, and a lack of education.
IMO, the promise of "heaven" and an ever-loving God is not enough to justify paying >10% of an income to support the church.
Scripture 1 [of many]:
Joel 2:32-- the bible fails to mention the need for thousand dollar stained glass windows, gold plated tabernacle, 1 tonne marble table and plush carpets to impress and call upon the Lord. Salvation is granted where accepted.
Churches should pay tax, if not, quit meddling with the laws.
The constitutional system we have in place explicitly allows recognized religions to have no tax burden. In addition, forcing religious institutions to file and pay taxes would be forcing them to insert themselves in tax code and regulatory law that they are largely free of. This would also undermine tax policies which protect non-profits and charities. Effectively it would force all religious institutions to become financial and political entities further than what they already are.
Church should not pay taxes because they give more than half of their money to charity. What we pay lets the Church pay to the ones who need it. How can the Church pay more if we don't? We are a church, we cannot just let the church give more money when they already do.
That have political agendas. The vast majority of local churches are not politically involved. First, to tax churches would be in effect double taxation. Churches mainly rely on member patronage for income. Church members are already taxes on their income, they use this income to support their church will no possibility for monetary gain for themselves. To tax this money that the church has would be double taxation.
Secondly, there is no constitutional way to tax churches without taxing all non-profits. To single out churches and only tax them would NEVER make it past the SCOTUS, no matter what your personal view is.
Finally, to tax churches is to place government above religion... There is a longstanding tradition to specifically not do that! It won't change...
It's a simple think, the Church use the money they earn for charity, maintain the building and pay their pastors, more than a half of the money they earn goes to poor people and charity. The people aren't forced to give away them money, it's a voluntary thing. If we make the church pay tax, we are mixing the government with the church
Churches should either not be paying taxes because these people are people of God and should not be paying or because the believers of the church send over their money to help those who need it and instead some of that money is being used for those who already have money and don’t NEED the money. No one wants to have their money sent to help and/or pay for something just to have it be used for some other reason that you have no say in.
There are numerous reasons why churches in America should not be taxed. Taxing churches would mean that we would have to tax all non-profit organizations, because that’s what a church is, and this would mean an end to numerous charities. Taxing churches and giving them a lower budget then normal would force them to do their job less adequately than usual. It may also be the case that many small churches may not be able to survive paying taxes, and this could lead to the closing of many churches, leading most likely to an even steeper decline of religion in America. Churches paying taxes will lead to major problems in our society.
Taxing churches would mean that we would have to tax all non-profit organizations, something that would harm the entire planet. Governments do not have the right to pick and choose non-profit organizations to tax, meaning that all would have to be taxed. All local charities that do much good for the world and America will likely shut down if taxed, and this is not correct. Churches and other non-profit organizations earn this tax exemption by the good they do for the world, which is why taxing them is not just.
Taxing churches will force them to do a less adequate job in their work of religious teaching and bringing others closer to God. A lower budget would lead to the probable end of schools that work with churches, that lead children closer to Christ in a good, Christian environment. It could also lead to the end of Bible studies, youth groups, and other extra events that lead everyone into deeper holiness. Finally, taxing churches could lead to the end of smaller churches as well because of financial reasons. There are many reasons why taxing churches will impact churches and its faithful alike.
In addition to slowing the evangelization work of churches, this will also lead to the shutting down of many churches. This is very bad because less people will be able to go to church every Sunday. This is bad because America with less religion in it will lead to less Christian values practiced by the people, which will make crime soar. Finally, churches going out of business will put many out of work, and more unemployment is not what this country needs. Taxing churches is not a good idea because it could lead to the closing of churches, which could lead to bad things in America.
Everyone is crying because they want to be rich. Please. Churches are non-profit and they do help many, physically, but mostly spiritually, the most important help. Plus, this would wreck so many churches around america, and even if it didn't some, they wouldn't be able to function as well as before. STOP BEING SELFISH AMERICA
Everyone on that side is crying because they want to be rich. Come on. Churches do good things, and taxing them isn't fair because of all of the good things that they do. They are non-profit and this would wreck many many small churches. They do offer help, spiritual help, more important than any material help. NO TAXES FOR CHURCHES
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The governments job id to provide necessities free of charge. To some people churches are a necessity so the government does the opposite of its function. Do you think its logical to make people pay to pray? Also the churches use their money to help the poor and needy. Infact the governments should provide subsidies to the churches not discourage them. Its probably better if the government taxed the very rich people, as most of whom do not spend their money on helping people but satisfying their greed.