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Should churches pay tax?
One of the
for "we ought to tax" is that "we can tax." It's possible to directly tax the core part of the church (as opposed to merely the ancillary activities for example property not used for church functions).
that provide parking to their employees will be
subject to unrelated business income tax on the cost of the parking provided
. Even by simply allowing its employees to park in a parking lot or garage, that part of the organization’s facilities will be subject to a tax on the cost of the parking provided
In the USSR buildings assigned for religious use and supplied free of charge for use to religious organizations were subject to
Churches currently pay taxes directly and indirectly on property not used for church functions and payroll.
If it were impossible to tax churches then this conversation would be silly and pointless. But it's
Churches could technically be made to pay property taxes.
The tax-deduction for donations to churches could be repealed which would increase government revenue and reduce church revenue.
Americans donated just over $390bn to non-profit orgs in 2016, representing around 2 per cent of GDP. Physically speaking that revenue could be taxed.
Non-profits pay an excise tax in some cases.
It wasn't until 1917 that individuals began to be able to deduct charitable donations from their income taxes. From there, the laws expanded to include corporate deductions and then came private foundations.