Should religious institutions be taxed? Why or why not?
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Religious institutions should follow the same rules as anyone else
Prove your non-profit status, get out of taxes. That simple
Yes. A huge number of them are run as money making businesses, and should be taxed as such.
Yes, currently is a black hole of “charity” that goes to the billionares wallets
Yes, they can deduct for charity donations or charity work, but all other finances should be taxed.
Yes. Especially when they’re instrumental in making laws.
If it’s a mega church that gives nothing back to it community, then yes. If it’s a small church that feeds the community and has programs for people in need, then no.
As long as evangelicals are flying around in private jets and living in mansions then yes.
I fail to see why they should be given exemption
Yes. Every other business is so they should be as well.
Yes and deduct any actually charity work
Playing devils advocate….. people willingly give money to churches. But they also give willingly to other things such as The Red Cross or SPCA. Shouldn’t those be taxed too?
Oh, you are so excommunicated
They should be taxed just like any other entertainment
Yes. I can’t believe they are tax free for believing in a sky fairy. Should be taxed double for stupidity.
Yes, especially the ones who endorse any political candidate.
If they’re engaging in political discourse, yes.
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.
No. If they are taxed they can demand representation. Never a good idea when it comes to any religious group .
No, if god wanted them to be taxed he would have done it by now.
Yes. If they make enough money to fund multiple NASA missions, then yes, they should definitely be taxed.
Only for their parts used for generating revenue. The rest should be treated as a normal non-profit organisation.
They should. If its run like a business it should be taxed like one.
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.
If they sell stuff like a gift shop yes. If you are talking about property tax – nope.
Yes, and they should not be providing social services funded by government.
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.
No, no one should be taxed.
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
No one should be taxed.
Probably not, taxation is thievery