Uncommon Sense

June 24, 2021

They Are Coming for Your Churches (The Tax Collectors!)

On June 30th 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that if a state has a program of providing public financing for private entities to provide educational services, that program cannot exclude from participation any institution simply because that institution is religious (see Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue).

But, as much as these tax exemptions have been argued by some as absolutely untouchable as a form of religious freedom, or grudgingly untouchable by others as upheld in existing case law, Espinoza changes all of this, and provides a clear path toward taxing the churches.

<This SCOTUS decision> provides a clear path toward taxing the churches.

If a state cannot exclude from access to taxpayer resources institutions simply because they are religious, a state also cannot exclude from taxation institutions simply because they are religious. Indeed, to the extent that properties on which private schools operate are exempt, then this exemption would also apply to properties on which private religious schools operate. But the exemption would not extend to the church itself, or for example, rectories, religious retreats or other lands and buildings used solely for “religious” activities, including worship. The state cannot define religious activity in-and-of-itself to qualify as public service because the state should not be in the business of defining “religion,” and bestowing differential benefits on that basis alone.

(Source: Time to Tax the Churches! on schoolfinance101.wordpress.com)

“Forgive them, they know not what they do.”

3 Comments »

  1. I’d settle for the feds just followed the existing rules and regulations. Under current law and IRS regulations any religious organization that directly engages in political activities or political speech is supposed to have its tax exempt status revoked.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by grouchyfarmer — June 24, 2021 @ 10:38 pm | Reply

  2. Religion is a business just like any other business and should be taxed accordingly.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Gus The Realist — June 25, 2021 @ 5:44 am | Reply

  3. It’s about time! Biggest con in human history, been getting away with no taxation since we starting walking upright.

    Like

    Comment by shelldigger — June 25, 2021 @ 7:54 am | Reply


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