Should religious institutions be taxed? Why or why not?

Should religious institutions be taxed? Why or why not?

What do you think?

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  1. Depends what power they have, and what they use their money for.

    Here in Europe, churches have huge power bills (heating a huge building in winter is not cheap), and the amount of money required to renovate, clean and/or make the building better can be extremely high.

    Maybe it’s different in the US, but I’m rather opposed to taxing religious institutions.

  2. The ones who are running afoul of the standards set for them to enjoy tax-exempt status should be.

    Any church preaching politics from the pulpit should lost their tax-exempt status immediately. The problem is that the GOP has gutted the IRS to the degree that they can’t even enforce tax-law.

  3. It’s subjective.

    Large mega Masjids, Churches, and Synagogues for example which seem to funnel millions of dollars. Yes, it’s clear there’s something shady going on and questionable. Especially when their leadership is living in million dollar homes and driving Ferraris.

    The average and local Churches, Masjids, and Synagogues? Absolutely not. You would effectively shut them down, most are barely getting by and rely heavily on the donations of their worshipers.

  4. If they were, wouldn’t you kinda have to find a way to tax atheists too? I don’t think any religious institution should be taxed. Churches are a solid source of much good being done in society today. I understand they have flaws, but we can focus on reform without taxing religious institutions.

    Most churches do food drives and charity work. If you start taxing them, the become businesses that need to make money, rather than institutions that want to make money. People lose morality when they’re in harder times. So taxing a religious institution would end up causing a decrease in the services that institution can freely provide.

    I’m not religious, but I do think the general morals in religion are good. Certain flaws, again, exist, but it’s not a reason to write off all of the morals.

    I think we should avoid taxing them mainly because they do benefit their neighborhoods. That’s always good

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