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#11 PhillyB

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:29 PM

as for the argument at hand, i really don't know. i think tax exemption is fair in principle because the majority of churches pour a significant portion of their income into outreach programs domestically and internationally. where the line becomes blurry is when you get certain churches inviting politicians to campaign stumping opportunities at the pulpit (when i was a brainwashed republican highschooler the pastor of my fundamentalist southern baptist church invited noted asshole vernon robinson take twenty minutes before the sermon to campaign for himself, just as an example.)

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:34 PM

No. No one should

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 08:03 PM

No. No one should


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Posted 08 December 2012 - 08:29 PM

yes, churches should pay taxes...

My mom's church only has like 50 regular attendees, and they somehow bank around $1,500 a week...

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 08:43 PM

yes, churches should pay taxes...

My mom's church only has like 50 regular attendees, and they somehow bank around $1,500 a week...


that's $30 per week per member. most churches ask for 10% as a biblical mandate so that's really not all that outlandish

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 08:46 PM

No, unless they start taxing all charities.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 09:06 PM

churches aren't automatically charities.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 09:22 PM

churches aren't automatically charities.

not even charities are automatically charities :/

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 09:24 PM

Only in that the IRS rules for churches are slightly different than they are for other types of charities. But all churches are automatically treated as charities for tax purposes as long as they follow the IRS guidelines for religious organizations.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 09:33 PM

as for the argument at hand, i really don't know. i think tax exemption is fair in principle because the majority of churches pour a significant portion of their income into outreach programs domestically and internationally. where the line becomes blurry is when you get certain churches inviting politicians to campaign stumping opportunities at the pulpit (when i was a brainwashed republican highschooler the pastor of my fundamentalist southern baptist church invited noted asshole vernon robinson take twenty minutes before the sermon to campaign for himself, just as an example.)


I was also quite involved with a similar church some years ago, was on the financial stewardship comittee, (which was a complete farce, and one of the things that led to me leaving the church altogether) and I don't remember the actual figures, but very little of the approximately half million dollar budget actually went to anything but church operating expenses and pastor/staff salaries...

I suspect that this is fairly typical of most churches. They are charities alright... for pastors.


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