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Sun Oct 14, 2012, 03:35 PM

43. Did you read the other part of the post? It addresses the issue of taxation of commercial use of the

properties, and it applies to all states.

http://atheism.about.com/od/churchestaxexemptions/a/overview.htm

4. No Tax Exemptions for Commercial Activity
Tax exemptions are almost entirely restricted to those affairs which are religious rather than commercial in nature. Thus, there are numerous tax exemptions on property owned by churches and used for religious worship, but exemptions are normally denied on property used for commerce and business. The site of an actual church will be exempt, but the site of a church-owned shoe store will rarely, if ever, be exempt.

Court Cases:

Gibbons v. District of Columbia
Diffenderfer v. Central Baptist Church
The same is true for income from sales. Money a church receives from donations of members and from financial investments are normally treated as tax-exempt. On the other hand, money which a church receives from the sale of goods and services even including goods like religious books and magazines will normally have sales tax applied, though not income tax at the other end.

Can you, OTOH, show me an examples of states that officially EXEMPT commercially used property owned by religious groups from taxation -- as a matter of law, not error?

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