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    Should we tax religious institutions?

    Taxing the rich is a common theme these days, but there is no talk of taxing religion. Why is that? The Catholic Church has a combined wealth that is near impossible to calculate, but rest assured it makes Bill Gates look like just another poor guy. They pay no taxes but rake in billions. Where does all that money go? Do you really think it is making its way back to the people, especially the poor? And why does God need money? Surely anyone who can create a universe doesn't need money. Seems like organized religion is a goldmine that could be used to save the poor and the middle class.

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    Re: Should we tax religious institutions?

    The Catholic church in particular, for all its shortcomings, does a great deal of charity work and good within local communities. The status quo is just fine with me when it comes to taxation on non-profit organizations.

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    Re: Should we tax religious institutions?

    No, I don't believe they should be taxed... however if we're taxing everyone I don't see why they should be exempt.
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    Re: Should we tax religious institutions?

    Charities should not be taxed, just as donations to charity shouldn't be taxed. Religious institutions should be exempt from taxation as long as they do charitable work.
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    Re: Should we tax religious institutions?

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Charities should not be taxed, just as donations to charity shouldn't be taxed. Religious institutions should be exempt from taxation as long as they do charitable work.
    At a pinch their charitable work can be tax free but the perpetuation of fraudulently shystering 10% of your money should not be.

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    Re: Should we tax religious institutions?

    Since they are using public services, their property should be taxed to help pay for the services used at the local level, to help fund roads, police and fire services but, at the federal level, no since they are correctly treated an income tax exempt charitable organization.
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    Re: Should we tax religious institutions?

    Definitely taxed. They are a private organization that makes profits. The catholic CEO, for instance, lives in a big palace in the center of Rome. Just because they also make charitable contributions doesn't mean they don't also make profits. That's like saying "Well, Goldman-Sachs donated money to charity this year, so their entire organization should be tax free."

    We're all paying taxes, they should too. Fair is fair.
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    Re: Should we tax religious institutions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim the plumber View Post
    At a pinch their charitable work can be tax free but the perpetuation of fraudulently shystering 10% of your money should not be.
    No one is forced to donate to a church, if people don't want to be "shystered" then they shouldn't donate.
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    Re: Should we tax religious institutions?

    The only time I believe Churches should be taxed is when they derive income from something that is in direct competition with the private sector. Specifically one city I used to live in had a huge church with a huge convention center system, catering etc. The Church paid no taxes on any level. The competition in the private sector had to pay significant taxes on several levels.
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    Re: Should we tax religious institutions?

    Yes. Tax them. They are a business and they reap many benefits from the tax dollars of others.

    I don't have any problems with tax write-offs for charitable donations, and if a specific church donates enough to negate paying any taxes at all then fine, but I'd bet dollars to donuts most churches don't donate that much money and I know without question plenty operate at a "profit".

    Churches should not get a free pass just because they're a church.

    They should be held to the same accounting and financial standards as everyone else.

    Tax them.

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