Whenever some rich minister’s money in take gets passed around people always respond with ‘tax churches’ or ‘take away non-profit status,’ like that will do anything.
The huge churches that are taking in the kind of money that can pay their minister hundreds of thousands/millions will easily absorb any tax. Just like a huge non profit like Red Cross would.
Churches are not like Amazon, where they hire millions of workers world wide while using extensive public infrastructure, whereby taxing a billionaire at 70% would make a difference.
They’re run by volunteers almost always, workers are almost always part time, their money is going into building upkeep and minister pay.
If ur going to tax churches, it needs to be very specific shit, like the land/property they own. The Catholic Church owns god only knows how much land/property across the world- if you started taxing THAT- you’d get much different response, I think.
Or you start taxing clergy rather than the church itself (which I know I know it would never happen), bcz clergy get free houses or are paid for housing and get other similar perks-
Like it doesn’t happen as often, bcz so many churches have had to shut down, but those old community style churches (not mega box chain churches) often sit next to cute little house- those cute houses were where the ministers lived while they worked at that church.
Tax the house and the property the house sits on. Tax the minister of mega church 70% instead of allowing him to write off cost of living expenses.
Making a church pay taxes on their staples purchases isn’t going to do much. Taxing the areas they invest their money in (ministers, buildings/property) will. And it will allow the small churches that *would* be hurt by losing non profit status some breathing room.
A ton of churches own land where they do church ‘get always’ and camps. Tax that land.
I am not going to say anything more than that because god knows I’m no tax expert and god only knows I’m already pushing my knowledge to the extreme limit.
What I do know is that non profit status isnt what’s protecting mega ministers- the CHURCH is. If that makes sense. They direct their flow towards ministers, and they’ll do that whether they pay taxes or don’t.
Taxing Amazon, a for profit industry, is important because it is using public resources to create private wealth. Taxing bezos is important bcz he pays millions of workers starvation wages for private personal wealth.
Churches redirect private personal wealth of individual donors (donations that are tax exempt) into buildings/land and ministers. Tax them where the money flow is.
The reason churches can’t get public money/resources is because they are private entities. Betsy DeVos has worked hard to eviscerate that distinction. So some legal scholar will have to speak to what it would mean to have churches paying taxes-
And thusbecoming entitled to benefits of public resources, but it’s an uncomfortable thing that I already know without being told will NOT benefit public, but will again benefit churches.
I mean, Betsy already almost got the work around whereby they get to discriminate against people bcz of private status while getting public money, I can’t imagine what she would manage if ‘churches’ (rather than ministers, for example) had to start paying taxes.

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