Blog author: jcarter
by on Thursday, March 15, 2012

As society becomes more secularized, the calls for churches to pay their “fair share” become more vocal. Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, explains why churches should remain exempt from paying taxes:

Why is your church tax exempt? Why should it continue to be tax exempt? If I were to sit down and ask you these questions, would you have a clear and coherent answer? I suspect this is something we seldom think about. After all, tax exemption for churches has always been given and we assume, because of its historical longevity, it always will be given.

The fact that many Americans cannot explain why churches are tax exempt indicates a forgotten history and is emblematic of a society that has systematically devalued the church as a beneficial societal institution.

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  • RogerMcKinney

    Baptists have another reason: the church is sovereign and one sovereign cannot tax another.

    Nevertheless I could be persuaded to tax churches if you get rid of ALL tax exempt organizations.

    Anyway, corporations are taxed only on profits. Under current law and accounting, would churches show any profits?

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.p.carter Joe Carter

      I could be wrong, but I think churches are also exempt from sales tax and property taxes. 

      • RogerMcKinney

         I think you’re right. Property taxes would be a major burden, but I don’t think sales taxes would be.

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  • Charles Gillihan

    I would say that churches are ‘tax immune’ rather than the term ‘exemption’.  Exempt infers being under the jurisdiction of the state with permission to not pay taxes.  The Church is a separate institution from the state, as a spiritual governing body. 

    • Roger McKinney

       That is the position of Baptists, at least that’s what I learned in Bible College.

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  • HedgeYbet

    CHURCHES/RELIGON …IS OF COURSE A COMPLETE SCAM A CON, AND SHOULD BE TAXED….THEY HAVE PEOPLE BELIEVING IN FAIRY TALES, AND PREY ON GULLIABLE AND WEAK MINDED PEOPLES FEARS….FEAR OF DEATH,..WE ARE IN THE LAST DAYS, ..SOME GUY NAMED JESUS IS COMING ..ECT ECT….THAN THEY MAKE $$$ ALL TAX FREE…IT IS ACTUALLY CRIMINAL…ACTUALLY CHURCHES FOR SURE SHOULD BE TAXED, AND MOST SHOULD BE CLOSED DOWN FOR RUNNING THE BIGGEST SCAM EVER PLAYED ON MANKIND…..BUT AS TIME GOES ON AND PEOLE GET MORE EDUCATED THEY WILL NOT FALL FOR THE CHURCHES AND PASTORS BS…IT IS MAINLY NUTTY OLD BABY BOOMERS WHO FALL FOR THE CHURCH NONSENSE RIGHT NOW….

    • Marc Vander Maas

      You appear to have a caps lock issue. You might want to have that checked out.