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    Tax Exemption for Churches

    As a land owner in San Antonio who pays a substantial amount of $$ in property taxes, I am perplexed why I should subsidize religious organizations thru my property taxes. I live quite close to downtown, a location where there are many large Churches, some with pay as you go parking lots, childcare centers, and restaurants. These Churches sit on large lots with multiple buildings. and I for one feel like as a property tax payer my rights (separation of Church and State) are being violated by subsidizing there tax exempt status. Churches use local and community services, they should pay up like the rest of us. Opinions? Please lets not bash anyone religion, that's not the intent, a sane rational discussion of why the Federal government allows this free ride would be cool.

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    Re: Tax Exemption for Churches

    I woder how how much revenue we could make if they paid their fair share?

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    Re: Tax Exemption for Churches

    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaO01 View Post
    I woder how how much revenue we could make if they paid their fair share?
    Not a lot in the scheme of things. They probably should pay property tax as they do make use of city services but then the argument could be made that their members already pay property taxes so in effect it's paid for. Granted there are those who don't go to church and theoretically a part of their property taxes goes to make up for churches and non-profits who don't pay.
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    Re: Tax Exemption for Churches

    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaO01 View Post
    I woder how how much revenue we could make if they paid their fair share?
    Billions I should think, and they don't have to account for a dime. How do I get in this business?

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    Re: Tax Exemption for Churches

    Quote Originally Posted by Winchester View Post
    Not a lot in the scheme of things. They probably should pay property tax as they do make use of city services but then the argument could be made that their members already pay property taxes so in effect it's paid for. Granted there are those who don't go to church and theoretically a part of their property taxes goes to make up for churches and non-profits who don't pay.
    I can only speak for the amount of Churches in my area, downtown San Antonio, some of these churches sit on acres of prime real-estate, and they don't pay one nickel for city services. People who attend church (its there choice to attend, they are not forced) can just put a bit extra in the collection plate for churches pay property tax. That's there choice, at this point I am not given a choice and must subsidize. It is unfair.
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    Re: Tax Exemption for Churches

    Quote Originally Posted by yankintx View Post
    People who attend church can just put a bit extra in the collection plate to churches pay property tax. That's there choice, at this point I am not given a choice and must subsidize. It is unfair.
    question?..... then why am i and others to subsidize people on welfare, and other government social programs.

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    Re: Tax Exemption for Churches

    This has already been gone over in many threads.

    Churches are excepted from taxes, not exempt from tax laws; exemption implies they need legal permissions of some sort. Sniveling about how large some churches get over time isn't an argument for repealing the Bill of Rights just because somebody woke up one day and decided they didn't like churches or something. Those churches have likely been there a very long time as well, long before the land got 'valuable', and served as magnets for other development, so in effect they subsidized growth around them, from another viewpoint. They also don't get free electricity, water, and sewer, and carry insurance as well, so that claim is bogus as well.

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    Re: Tax Exemption for Churches

    Quote Originally Posted by yankintx View Post
    As a land owner in San Antonio who pays a substantial amount of $$ in property taxes, I am perplexed why I should subsidize religious organizations thru my property taxes. I live quite close to downtown, a location where there are many large Churches, some with pay as you go parking lots, childcare centers, and restaurants. These Churches sit on large lots with multiple buildings. and I for one feel like as a property tax payer my rights (separation of Church and State) are being violated by subsidizing there tax exempt status. Churches use local and community services, they should pay up like the rest of us. Opinions? Please lets not bash anyone religion, that's not the intent, a sane rational discussion of why the Federal government allows this free ride would be cool.

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    Do you believe all non profit organizations should be taxed, or do you just have it in for churches?

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    Re: Tax Exemption for Churches

    Quote Originally Posted by yankintx View Post
    People who attend church can just put a bit extra in the collection plate for churches pay property tax. That's there choice, at this point I am not given a choice and must subsidize. It is unfair.
    Sure, and homosexuals can just pay a little something say $10,000 a year for marriage licenses to help offset the subsidies paid for their AIDS epidemic, too. Yes, let's go with your 'reasoning'.

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    Re: Tax Exemption for Churches

    Quote Originally Posted by yankintx View Post
    Billions I should think, and they don't have to account for a dime. How do I get in this business?
    They don't have to account for a dime? Yeah right. I suppose it would be asking too much to provide some evidence of this?

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