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Should churches pay tax?
Corporate tax is paid by for-profit entities. If a church runs at a profit, it will pay corporate taxes. Churches are subject to the same rules as any other organization.
No business entity should be tax exempt. If there is anyone within the organization making any money, then taxes should be collected accordingly. In the case of religious organizations, they charge for marriage ceremonies, thus generating a profit. It should be taxable.
Churches automatically get 501(c)3 status, and they have additional perks. They aren't even subject to the same rules as other nonprofits.
This only applies to activities that fall under
"unrelated business income"
, while profits earned from bingo games, thrift shops, volunteer work, donor lists, low cost giveaways, and advertising are not taxed.
Rerouting what would otherwise be profit into high salaries is a
method for organizations to abuse non-profit status.