Black People : Churches and tax-exempt status.

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  1. RAPTOR

    RAPTOR Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Should they be removed?

    If yes, why?

    If no, why?
     
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    Isn't because churches are "non-profit" that they are tax exempt?

    Hmm....that's a good question you ask though. I'll have to think on that.
     
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    I'm not sure where I come down on this. However I
    have found, many times, folks who protest against
    gub'ment "handouts" and "set asides" attend churches
    that have tax-exempt status. Somewhat of a contradiction
    and I'd be interested to read the rationale from the 'protesters'
    who go to tax-exempt churches.
     
  4. Bootzey

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    Yes they should keep their tax-exempt status because they only generate income through donations. They provide no service that an individual would pay for so how would they be expected to pay taxes, and on what
     
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    Last time I checked, in NJ there was no tax on clothes. But not all clothes. If an item cost $1500+ then there was a luxury tax assessed to said garment. I bring this up as a possible alternative for larger churches that bring in massive dollars. If their holding and yearly offering bring in over a certain amount of money, then they should be taxed. That way smaller churches could still exist while generating some revenue from the larger bodies.
     
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    RAPTOR Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    ...Well, for starters, the land upon which the church sits?
     
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    I've read that in order to take advantage of such status churches can not endorse any political candidates, can not campaign on behalf of any candidates, and can not attack any political candidates. If that is true, then most churches need the tax-exempt
    'pass' revoked.
     
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    The church I attend on and off is tax-exempt. I don't know too much about it, but when my dad attended their he handled their finances. However I do know that it was because it was a non-profit organization.
    Now to answer this question, do I think they should be tax exempt? I'm kind of caught in the middle.
    Some churches are for profit. I think they also take advantage of being tax-exempt. They're like a big business. The preacher is the wealthiest one in the church with his fancy clothes, brand new cars, huge house. I wouldn't even call these places a "church". They take advantage of the people in attendance. But it would be kind of hard to make these places pay taxes based on that.

    I hope that makes sense.
     
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    Churches should lose their tax exemption status on constitutional grounds and the fact that they routinely fail to observe the political participation clauses.
     
  10. Bootzey

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    What does that have to do with anything? It's part of the package.
     
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