Especially after the financial crisis, Governments need new sources of revenue. Religious institutions have enjoyed a free ride for too long. It's necessary for them to start paying taxes like other organizations. Atheism and secularism is also becoming more popular these days. Religions should not have a special place in socity anymore.
Who then is to help the homeless, the lost, the jobless, the poor in need, people who don't have good clothes or a place to stay, or the elderly who can't get out and mow their own grass, certainly not the government. The church provides for ALL of these. Taxing churches would cause a drastic drop in all of this and these people would have nowhere to turn to.
Religious institutions are non-profit corporations. As such, they do not generate profits as a commercial business would. Only profits can be taxed - otherwise a business is breaking even or operating at a loss, which can be written-off on an income tax submission. To tax religious institutions is to discriminate against religious non-profits over secular non-profits. This is a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.
Can you imagine a world with religions paying taxes? Religions paying taxes would mean more begging for contributions. I dont know about you but I dont want to be sitting at a traffic light fighting off a giant spoon. Then of course theirs the possibility of religious wars and religious price wars.
I believe that all religious institutions should no longer be tax exempt as there is proof that hundreds if not thousands religious leaders benefit from that privilege and keep accumulating wealth for their own instead of giving out (at least part of what they receive from their followers), And give it to people who really are in need.
Religious Institutions buy businesses and real estate now and the former owners paid taxes.Taxpayers must meet the shortfall as tax exempt takes hold.Governments have no paper trail of real profit and loss.Why not have the same rules for all operating businesses.Donations to charities fully deductible and we are all ok.
Religious institutions brand, market and sell their product just like other businesses. Some religions promote love and tolerance. Others promote discrimination and hate. Some are very political and back candidates so their congregation will follow their lead. People who choose to buy into it ought to pay for it in full.
According tp the law written on the Bill of Rights found on the section pf the 1st Amendment “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” This simply means that the government should not execute a law with respect to any religion. This simply means that exempting the church from paying taxes is a complete violation towards the 1st Amendment on the Bill of Rights.
Especially after the financial crisis, governments need new sources of revenue. Religious institutions have enjoyed a free ride for too long. It's necessary for them to start paying taxes like other organizations. Atheism and secularism is also becoming more popular these days. Religions should not have a special place in socity anymore.
It is not fair for those who do not follow a mainstream religion to be made to pay for the upkeep of outdated religions. If a religion cannot support itself through donations of its followers then it is only right that these archaic institutions should realise their failure and fold financially.
Why should they not pay tax? Non of the various gods have been proven, and in fact the probability of a god is very slim. This means they remain tax exempt based on ancient mythology and lies. Any money that is used to provide for the poor or goes towards a charitable cause, should be tax exempt. This should be set-up as a separate charity, and not part of the religious organization/company.
To me religion is a business an entertainment business that brings in billions of dollars yearly. Just like Hollywood or the book industry each that pay their fair share in taxes. By not paying taxes religious organizations are being subsidized partly by me. In this country we need freedom from religion as much as we need freedom of religion and taxing religious organizations is a good start in that direction.
There is supposed to be a complete separation of church and state, so why are religious institutions tax exempt? Many of these institutions have amassed extreme wealth but do not pay any taxes. Imagine if suddenly professional organizations did not need to pay taxes, there would certainly be a major backlash from people of lesser wealth but what's the difference? Religious institutions do not even play by the same rules as non-profit organizations so there is no reason for them to remain tax-exempt.
I think there are far too many ways that the money brought in by religious institutions could be used. They can be partially tax exempt, but being fully so is unfair to the hard-working small business owners and common people who have to lose so much of their paycheck before seeing net gains.