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Should churches pay tax?
There are many cases of churches using their tax exempt status to pocket large sums of money.
The Mormon church has 10s of billions in assets, including significant real estate holdings without the strain of property taxes. The church has over a million acres of farmland.
The Catholic church is one of the wealthiest institutions in the world.
The Church of Scientology has extremely high revenues, profiting
millions of dollars
just off of its tax exemption.
Megachurches bring in
of dollars in profit.
The Vatican Bank has
$8 billion in assets
, it can afford to pay taxes.
The fact that some churches might break the rules attendant upon their tax-exempt status is an argument for better enforcement of the rules, not for punishing law-abiding organisations for the wrongdoing of others by denying all churches a tax exemption.
This suggests that maybe a progressive tax would be beneficial, rather than taxing all religious organizations. We can't punish all for the crimes of the few.