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never had an issue of taxes until LBJ got all bent hurt over losing Evangelical support so created a tax for churchs not to help them but to control them. Pastors are not at liberty to support any political party , if they do they lose the Tax exemption status . No church should be taxed. the money they get has already BEEN TAXED ONCE
it Don't mean a thing if you an't got the King
However, there are plenty of decent churches, and christian schools (like seminaries), that use the savings to operate and do needful and legitimate things.
If you want to see churches have less money to operate, you are free to voice dissent and take political action.
TD Jake's charges 30 thousand just to show up.....
I am the one who knocks!
BTW... one day the atheists, and the liberal Christians, WILL get tax exemptions removed for religious organizations.
When that happens, virtually all seminaries will down overnight..
because they can never afford to pay the huge property taxes on a big campus.
The atheists will be very happy to shut down all the Christian colleges and seminaries.
Be careful what you wish for.
This tax thing is a pretty serious deal.
A lot of preachers are making an obscene amount of money. All tax free
I am the one who knocks!
I realize that.
But let's take a different direction, and examine a totally different issue.
Let's examine something completely different for a moment.
How much should a human, any human, be allowed to earn?
Dude, let's set your own salary as the baseline, whatever it is.
Let's call your salary "x."
How much more than "x" should any human be allowed to earn?
How much more than YOU should any human be allowed to earn?
Furthermore, it's none of my business what any church does with their funds. If they want to buy property on a very desirable piece of property... if they want to build an intricate architectural masterpiece of a building... if they want to pay their ministers 6-digit incomes... if they want to help the community and/or youth, etc... it's absolutely NONE of my business and it should not be the governments business as well. I believe they should be able to do their thing while also paying taxes just like everyone else.
See, I think a pastor should be able to make 6-digits if a church wants/is capable of paying him/her that. However, I personally don't think a pastor's work is deserving of 6-digits nor would I willingly donate money to a church that paid their pastors that much. With tax exemption status, the government/the people are basically subsidizing every church to be able to pay their pastors so handsomely. I strongly disagree with that, even if they do good deeds in the community. I know plenty of people who do good deeds with the funds they make but still have to pay taxes (and rightfully so).
Nevertheless, it shouldn't have ever happened honestly. We made churches dependent on the government/the people to subsidize their property...
If you want consistency, then perhaps we should begin by halting our comparison of apples with oranges.
Let's talk about consistency.
You are talking about YOUR tax rights, as an individual person, COMPARED TO the tax rights of a NON-PROFIT CORPORATION, which is NOT an individual person.
If you want consistency, then you need to say that you, as an individual, should have the exact rights, and burdens, as a non-profit corporation.
Ok, let's examine that.
For that, we have to change MUCH in our legal system... as individuals are NOT by nature corporations, and even more specifically, individuals are not non-profit corporations. There are many reasons our legal system allows for the creation of various types of corporations. A corporation is a very specific type of legal business entity, and we have many laws which make this entity different than an individual. (Not to mention the fact that from pure logic, regardless of law, a business is simply NOT a person... it is in a different category of being.)
Now, if you want to be exactly the same as a corporation, and specifically a non-profit corporation, then you need to change much more than just tax laws. You need to overhaul the entire economy, along with the legal structure of all businesses. If you want to overhaul the economy, and legal structure of all businesses... that's fine with me. Go right ahead. It's a big job, you best get started.
So, here's what we've got:
1. A human cannot actually be a corporation, as this is a categorical error... you are a person, not a business, the two are not the same. They are different categories of being. Just as you cannot be a fish, or door, or a sun beam.
2. If you want to have the same RIGHTS & BURDENS as a corporation, then you would need to change more than just tax laws, you need to change the entire economy, and legal structure of all business.
As I said above, if you want to change the entire economy, and the legal structure of all business... best get busy.
However, with the principle of everyone should pay taxes or no one at all, it applies for individuals and corporations, including non-profit. I know my opinion might be frowned on, but I don't believe non-profit organizations should be exempt. I don't agree with all of them... why should we be forced to subsidize a non-profit organization we don't agree with? Can you think of any non-profit organizations you don't agree with?
It's just my opinion that such corporations shouldn't get exemption status... If they want to be called a "corporation", then fine... I don't really care. I just care that there are double standards... even if people want to see it as "one standard for non profit corporations" and "one standard for individual citizens." I agree with a lot of libertarian ideals and just don't believe anyone should get that exemption status (corporation or citizen).