darkumbra wrote:Define religion...
Christianity counts... (obviously)
Church of the Latter day Saints? 'obviously' it does - lost gold tablets found by a con man - not-with-standing.
Flying Spaghetti Monster?
Darkumbra's Church of the Prime Divinity, Pi and Phi?
Who decides? Who says THEY decide?
IRS Tax Guide for Churches & Religions Organizations, p. 3 wrote:TAX EXEMPT STATUS
Churches and religious organizations, like many other charitable organizations, qualify for exemption from federal income tax under IRC section 501(c)(3) and are generally eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.
To qualify for tax-exempt status, such an organization must meet the following requirements (covered in greater detail throughout this publication):
RECOGNITION OF TAX -EXEMPT STATUS
- the organization must be organized and operated exclusively for religious, educational, scientific, or other charitable purposes,
- net earnings may not inure to the benefit of any private individual or shareholder,
- no substantial part of its activity may be attempting to influence legislation,
- the organization may not intervene in political campaigns, and
- the organization’s purposes and activities may not be illegal or violate fundamental public policy.
Automatic Exemption for Churches
Churches that meet the requirements of IRC section 501(c)(3) are automatically considered tax exempt and are not required to apply for and obtain recognition of tax-exempt status from the IRS.
Pseudonym wrote:I agree with option 3, though I'd be okay with option 2.
The bottom line for me is that it is morally wrong, and a violation of the principle of separation of church and state, for the government to discriminate against an organisation just because it's a religious institution. What other nonprofits get, religious nonprofits should also get.
NH Baritone wrote:The question arises, then, should the property and income associated with WORSHIP be free of taxes?
In other words, should the IRS remove its exemption for the promotion of religion? It's not hard for me to argue that groups organized to worship are no different from groups that open a country club or a book club.
Pseudonym wrote:And it's not hard for me to argue that groups organised to worship are no different from groups that open a school or a charity, especially if they do indeed teach and do indeed collect money for charity work.
Pseudonym wrote:In most countries, even community sporting clubs are eligible for tax exempt status. Is that not the case in the United States?
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