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Should churches pay tax?
The United States government could get up to
$83.5 billion of additional revenue
if religious institutions paid into the Treasury.
Tax collection is preferable to charity. Support of government programs is morally superior to support of private programs.
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).
This is based on the mistaken assumption that non-profit organizations have extra money to pay out as taxes. In reality, the extra money would have to come from increased donations, which would decrease the taxable incomes of those that donate, keeping the total tax base the same.