Should we tax churches? | The Tylt

Should we tax churches?

There are 335,000 religious congregations in the country that own $600 billion in property—yet they pay no federal, state, local, income, sales, or property tax. This religious tax exemption causes the US to lose $71 billion in potential tax revenue annually. However, supporters of the exemption say keeping churches tax-exempt reinforces the separation between church and state and allows them to do charitable work. Should churches pay taxes? 💰

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Scandals like the Catholic Church's sexual abuse cover-up have left many asking how churches got tax-exempt status in the first place.

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People who want churches to stay tax-exempt argue religious organizations do great charitable work, and should be treated like nonprofits.

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But unlike soup kitchens and homeless shelters, churches do own assets. The Catholic Church is one of the world's top 15 landowners.

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Others argue that if we tax churches, then we will need to tax all not-for-profit organizations. It's a slippery slope.

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