If religious groups are to be taxed, then atheist groups should also be taxed. You atheists should know by now that your divisive political stances cut both ways.
Considering Religious Organizations and Churches primary purpose isn't to make a profit they shouldn't have to pay taxes because that makes them a Charity. Yes you have the right to moan about religion and what not but when it comes down to what those religious bodies are, it's evident they aren't a corporation and actually do good for the public as a charity.
They're just like any other non-profit organization. If you tried to separate them from other non-profits and tax them, then you'd be discriminating against religious organizations.
Atheism isn't a religion like theism despite the seven dimensions of a religion. Besides, the catholic church and religions want to impose their religious agenda, onto the public and government(such as anti-gay marriage) despite the separation of church and state. Church is a multi-billion international cooperation, not a non-for-profit. Catholic church is my example because they're predominate in the USA
If churches engage in charitable work that benefits the community, do all citizens have an interest in supporting such endeavors with, say, various tax exemptions? Of course. This is the sound basis for tax exemptions for non-profit organizations, whose activities and finances are subject to IRS audit and public scrutiny. In the case of religious organizations, however, the books are closed. Non-church groups receiving tax exemptions must annually file a detailed 990 statement itemizing where the money has gone. The IRS automatically waives the 990 requirement for churches. So what if churches do not engage in charitable work? Or do so far less efficiently, effectively - or charitably - than the many non-profits or government programs we do not subsidize in this way? Religious organizations can and do take great advantage of their tax-free status. Many amass great wealth and vast media empires - all of it off the tax rolls. The point is that religious organizations can and do espouse doctrines of intolerance and hatred, filter funds to foreign enemies, and cause far more harm than good in their communities. They are nevertheless entirely tax-exempt, their finances never scrutinized, because they qualify as "religious organizations." Consider that for every tax dollar a religious organization does not pay, you and I pay it on its behalf. Many are among the wealthiest organizations in the world: by 1971, the amount of real and personal property owned by U.S. churches was approx. $110 billion. In New York City alone, the amount was $3 billion in 1989. A 1986 estimate showed religious income in that year of approx. $100 billion, or about five times the income of the five largest corporations in the U.S. All tax free.
Yes, they should be taxed. The reason being is that only 1 out of every 10 dollars donated to a church is actually put to charitable use. Most churches own vasts amount of property and large, ornate buildings that would generate extremely high amounts of revenue for the town they are in.
I agree with SP, at least hold them accountable for where they spend the money if they are getting tax exempt status.
Yes, why should they get tax breaks when the heads of these churches live in mansions and get caught lying and doing things that they preach against. Also why are they special in the eyes of the law, its outdated just like the god hypothesis.
Religious institutions are no different than any other institution. They offer a service or services, depending on how you view it, and receive money from those partaking. As such, they should be subject to the same taxes any other establishment would.
But it can stay if Atheist organizations get it too
If you want to influence the government policies towards your religion you need to help support that government. Atheism is not a religion, it is the distinct lack of religious belief. You don't see atheist places of worship because we don't believe in anything that needs to be worshiped, therefore there is no sanctioned building that is tax exempt. Ergo, we pay our taxes.