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Sun Oct 14, 2012, 10:32 AM

36. Depending on the location, church-owned buildings not used for religious worship are taxed in the US

I live in Wisconsin and our church pays $20k per year in property taxes for an empty building that we were given. We are required to pay the $20k until it is developed as a worship center. A Catholic church in the area was assessed property taxes on a gift shop on its property because it was being used for a commercial purpose. Note: the Catholic church was not happy about this and did argue against it.

Also, churches are non-profits and the issue with taxes and political speech is not whether the organization would pay taxes (PACs don't pay taxes because they are also non-profits), but whether the donors would be able to deduct their donations on their taxes because the church has 501c(3) status. I don't think that churches should receive 501c(3) status. However, I do think that they should be able to create 501c(3) organizations that focus purely on charitable works (providing shelter, food, healthcare, etc.).

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