Should Churches Be Required To Pay Property Taxes ?

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Should Churches Be Required To Pay Property Taxes ?


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Churches in the United States of America do not pay taxes and they forever enjoy the tax exempt status. There have been arguments that when churches have enough funds to take care of themselves why should they enjoy the tax exempt status.

Churches usually own huge buildings on huge pieces of land or property. Also, several people believe that must churches have many commercial operations but they get away with everything. Churches in USA do not need to pay any sales tax or property tax. Even donations that are accepted by the church, no matter how big the amount, are tax free and this is a way to escape tax for the donor too. The people who donate money to churches or religious organizations get a tax break.

Actually the government loses a lot of money by not taxing the churches and this way the church can also save several thousand dollars yearly by totally not paying taxes. Clergymen who are employed by the church do not pay tax on their income and also housing allowance.

However, many people believe that the government is being a bit too relaxed about the tax policies for religious purposes and this is showing its ill effects on people who work hard and pay the taxes. If the churches also pay taxes, then the total tax for a specific community can go down and overall it can make a difference. The main difference between a church and any kind of business is that the business men pay taxes and the churches do not.

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