Should a church be tax free?

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Should a church be tax free?

PostBy: samhill On: Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:00 am

This man has a point, I don't mind some things that a church does being tax free but some of their holdings should not. Another question that comes to mind is what constitutes a church? With all the new off shoot religions I see it makes me wonder if the Church of the Emancipated Dude is nothing but a tax dodge. 8-)
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Re: Should a church be tax free?

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:04 am

samhill wrote:This man has a point, I don't mind some things that a church does being tax free but some of their holdings should not. Another question that comes to mind is what constitutes a church? With all the new off shoot religions I see it makes me wonder if the Church of the Emancipated Dude is nothing but a tax dodge. 8-)



I think towns and cities and states and tax based public entities need to be audited every year to see why we need to be taxed so extremely before looking for new revenue. And audited by an outside firm that cannot be bought or owned.
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Re: Should a church be tax free?

PostBy: Richard S. On: Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:19 am

Whether it's church or not is irrelevant, it's a non profit tax exempt organization under the law. If you want to tax churches you need to tax all tax exempt organizations. NAACP, Environmental Groups, The Boy Scouts........
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Re: Should a church be tax free?

PostBy: samhill On: Tue Jan 28, 2014 12:22 pm

I believe the article mentions that other tax exempt organizations do get audited, probably not often enough but I think they have to show some type of proof.
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Re: Should a church be tax free?

PostBy: kstills On: Tue Jan 28, 2014 12:37 pm

Flyer5 wrote:
I think towns and cities and states and tax based public entities need to be audited every year to see why we need to be taxed so extremely before looking for new revenue. And audited by an outside firm that cannot be bought or owned.


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Re: Should a church be tax free?

PostBy: jpete On: Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:25 pm

No one should pay property tax.

It assumes government owns everything and you have to pay them for the privilege of using it.
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Re: Should a church be tax free?

PostBy: kstills On: Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:35 pm

jpete wrote:No one should pay property tax.

It assumes government owns everything and you have to pay them for the privilege of using it.


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Re: Should a church be tax free?

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:47 pm

That was really a rough website Sam. Without going into too much drivel about that sites Hard-Core Leanings,I'm not very surprised in the least that an Atheist is Attacking Religious Land -Holdings(Church,etc.) Tax Exempt Status. That invalidates everything due to the attack/debate is expected. The Clash ! On a Saner Note,does anyone know how Religious Owned Land Holdings were granted Immunity from paying Taxes in the first place? :gee:
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Re: Should a church be tax free?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:59 pm

We had a situation in Freetown where the church had the church itself & one trailer in which the Padre & his wife lived---PLUS--6 more trailers behind the church that they claimed Holy-exempt--well, ya know grumpy me being on the Town Board got to really looking into it--as were my thoughts, the church & 1 living space for the Padre were totally legit--but the rest of the trailers were immediately put on the Town tax role--that preacher called me names that woulda made a sailor blush--LOL--YES, it's taken advantage of ALOT :(
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Re: Should a church be tax free?

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:10 pm

Did them thar Modular Housings magically disappear after that FFred? :gee: toothy
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Re: Should a church be tax free?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:18 pm

Nope, but they are paying the property tax's on them--the whole deal was that he was charging the renters rent & they had to pay in cash--he originally told me they were being used free of charge--a few other problems popped up---6 trailers on one septic & leach field--the plot thickened-- I got letters from all the renters stating they WERE paying rent & he refused to fix any problems they had--I guess he would be considered a spiritual slum lord :( It cost him less to do repairs then it would of to have the piece of crap trailers pulled out
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Re: Should a church be tax free?

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:26 pm

One of The Lords' Less Than genuine Servants,I suppose! Lotsa Bad Apples,at times.... :flush:
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Re: Should a church be tax free?

PostBy: samhill On: Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:32 pm

I grew up Greek Catholic in a small blue collar town where most everyone at that time was poor but most didn't realize it simply because everyone was near the same. As the parishioners struggled to get by the priest (who I really liked) well he lived pretty well with his wife & 19 kids, would have been 22 but several died at birth or shortly after. Now the parish house was large & they lived well but all those people living better than most that supported them never seemed right to me. The one thing of interest to me was that everyone of them either became a nun or priest & the two boys closest to my age were anything but saints but just knew a good thing.
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Re: Should a church be tax free?

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:44 pm

Thank God You knew the Jig was up on that Deal. Things seem sometimes to go back to the Early Days in Europe,where the Priest was one of the smartest guys in the Vill. Sorta got Carte Blanche. What you witnessed was carry over of that. As A Recovering Catholic,I understand your story pretty well,Sam. To also answer your Original Question,yes,I think they should be taxed.
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Re: Should a church be tax free?

PostBy: KLook On: Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:21 pm

We had the same (or similar) situation when I was elected to the board of assessors in my small town Fred. And no, they were not pleased. I would like to know the answer to when did they become exempt?

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