Should we tax churches?
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Should we tax churches?

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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.

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

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

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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