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Switch to Forum Live View Should Church Property Accumulation Be Taxed?
7 years ago  ::  Oct 29, 2011 - 5:07AM #21
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Let's not forget tax evasion either:

The newspaper visited a dozen churches in Milwaukee that applied for property tax exemptions in 2010 and found three had little or no activity on numerous occasions. At one church, near N. 92nd St. and W. Silver Spring Drive, old furniture, a smashed computer screen and other debris littered the front yard and no one was at the church on five different Sundays when it purportedly had worship services.

In a separate case in Merton, a for-profit fitness center was operating seven days a week out of a church.

A tiff over a billboard with an atheist message has left an East Side church owing more property taxes.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation alerted the Franklin County auditor’s office that Christ Cathedral Church wasn’t paying taxes on the Stelzer Road land it rents to Clear Channel for a billboard.

Auditor’s records show that the property, at 407 Stelzer Rd., has a dentist’s office but is otherwise used for religious purposes. Because of the commercial part of the property, the church owed $1,645 in taxes for 2010, which went unpaid, O’Neil said. The bill, with interest and fines, is now $1,900. Malone said he forgot to pay it.

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7 years ago  ::  Oct 29, 2011 - 9:37AM #22
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religious frauds should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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7 years ago  ::  Nov 02, 2011 - 10:03PM #23
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Not enough lawyers.

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6 years ago  ::  Jul 20, 2012 - 9:59AM #24
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Oct 25, 2011 -- 3:33PM, Esdraelon wrote:

It has been said that the Vatican has accumulated a vast amount of property and other holdings in the United States in excess of $800 Billion, sic, no one knows exactly how much.

'Bishops' of huge 'mega-churches' are showing off their fleet s of Rolls and other exotic automobiles.

All tax free.

All things considered, if the church cannot show that its temporal holdings are not furthering the purpose of the church, should these holdings be taxed?

Of course churches should not be able to pay taxes.  It would violate the Constitutional separation of church and state.   

Of course receiving tax money from the state in the form of faith based inititaves does not violate the separation of church and state. 

Secular non-profit corporations do not have to pay taxes so to ask religious non-profits corporations-churches to pay taxes would be....unfair.  

I could be wrong.
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