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rbixby Donating Member (716 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-31-11 04:05 PM
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34. If you think about it though....
taxing any profits churches make wouldn't prohibit the free exercise of the faith, by taxing them like everyone else, they would be giving them equal treatment under the law.
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  -How much tax revenue could be raised by taxing churches, synagogues, mosques, etc. bluestateguy  Jan-30-11 03:33 PM   #0 
  - Recommended. Our religious tax exemption seems discriminatory to me because not all religions  ZombieHorde   Jan-30-11 03:38 PM   #1 
  - Not as much as raising corporate taxes to appropriate levels... n/t  Earth_First   Jan-30-11 03:41 PM   #2 
  - Yeah, seriously. Corporate profits are absolutely obscene and the don't pay.  Initech   Jan-30-11 04:25 PM   #16 
  - Churches serve a function in society. Televangelist, is the culprit you dread.  WingDinger   Jan-30-11 03:42 PM   #3 
  - Ham radio serves a function in society, but they don't hold inquisitions,  Yavapai   Jan-30-11 04:11 PM   #13 
  - I have wondered this for years. There is no good reason  Curmudgeoness   Jan-30-11 03:42 PM   #4 
  - Many legitimate organizations have no trouble segregating their 501(c)3 (tax-exempt charitable)  Tesha   Jan-30-11 04:50 PM   #18 
     - Very good points. This could be a good first step and I would agree  Curmudgeoness   Jan-30-11 05:25 PM   #21 
  - Lets drop the pretense  upi402   Jan-30-11 03:42 PM   #5 
  - I never heard of anybody taxing religion.  social_critic   Jan-30-11 03:43 PM   #6 
  - Read the establishment clause  nadinbrzezinski   Jan-30-11 03:43 PM   #7 
  - I think 1st amendment stands in the way  cali   Jan-30-11 03:48 PM   #8 
  - If you think about it though....  rbixby   Jan-31-11 04:05 PM   #34 
  - When they advocate a political cause or candidate they should lose tax exempt status.  bluerum   Jan-30-11 03:49 PM   #9 
  - OK, you got me interested and I found a lot of stuff, including this very recent  cali   Jan-30-11 03:53 PM   #10 
  - No, I'm for keeping them out of our tax base, here's why  supernova   Jan-30-11 03:54 PM   #11 
  - +1000 x +1000  Lost-in-FL   Jan-30-11 04:07 PM   #12 
  - The real reason for Citizens United  supernova   Jan-30-11 04:12 PM   #14 
  - We had a Jesuit Congressman in Massachusetts.  virgogal   Jan-30-11 04:42 PM   #17 
  - Good point. I can see the headlines now...  Xithras   Jan-30-11 05:35 PM   #23 
     - They do it today (illegally, of course, but they do it none-the-less).  Tesha   Jan-30-11 05:43 PM   #26 
  - Mixed thoughts about this. Catholic charities does a lot of good work for people who need it, and  apocalypsehow   Jan-30-11 04:15 PM   #15 
  - As I mentioned above, just require them to operate separate 501(c)3 and 501(c)4...  Tesha   Jan-30-11 05:02 PM   #20 
  - Start with the think tanks like the CATO Institute and Heritage Foundation first.  blondeatlast   Jan-30-11 04:59 PM   #19 
  - Well, for one, you couldn't discriminate among "charitable works" as you suggest.  Xithras   Jan-30-11 05:33 PM   #22 
  - we can tax atheists and agnostic institutions, but not religious ones?  provis99   Jan-30-11 05:38 PM   #24 
  - Atheism is NOT a religion. That is why they pay taxes.  Lost-in-FL   Jan-31-11 09:19 AM   #27 
     - Are you familiar with the concept of "non-profit organizations"?  slackmaster   Jan-31-11 10:48 AM   #32 
        - I work for one...  Lost-in-FL   Jan-31-11 03:03 PM   #33 
  - Good subject however  Dyedinthewoolliberal   Jan-30-11 05:40 PM   #25 
  - The only net change would be less charitable work.  Statistical   Jan-31-11 09:46 AM   #28 
  - Shitloads. (n/t)  Iggo   Jan-31-11 10:00 AM   #29 
  - Very little likely. Most are non-profit.  NutmegYankee   Jan-31-11 10:07 AM   #30 
  - A lot.  JoeyT   Jan-31-11 10:45 AM   #31 

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