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Should churches pay tax?
Tax write-offs of pastors from living costs covered by the church should be (and usually are) limited to modest accommodations and assets, and would not include mansions or private jets.
Such assets might be owned by the church and merely used by the ministers.
At a minimum, religious organizations should be treated like all other non-profits when it comes to IRS audits. A special provision within the federal tax code exempts churches from routine tax inquiries:
. This special church-only provision invites fraud disguised as religion.