The fact that the churches do not pay any taxes in the United States annoys majority (if not all) of the non-believers. The religious institutions avoid more than 80 billion dollars of taxes every year.
A recent groundbreaking announcement from trump administration has raised a storm in American politics. It states that the house of God those defaced due to natural calamities may receive funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A part of the population of U.S.A claims that this is a violation of “separation of church and state” act. In order to receive funds from Federal for disaster management, churches must pay taxes. However, the other part is still stacked to the customary belief that it might harm the religious conviction horrendously. In this article, we will find out the reason why should churches pat taxes in the United States.
To understand this issue better, let’s take a look at the IRS guidelines, exactly what it seeks to provide an exemption in taxes for churches.
So, these are the considering matters of the exemption of tax for the churches in the U.S. Now, let’s check out the reasons why they should pay tax just like other for-profit organizations even it is non—profit institution in nature.
1. An exemption of tax for the churches in the U.S.A, prevents the Federal government from earning revenues from this source. It is a violation of the rule.
2. Tax exemption is just a privilege; it should not be taken as granted.
3. In adverse financial situations, bearing this responsibility will put a heavy burden on the government and the lifestyle of the common people will be directly affected.
4. The members or the employees of the churches are getting paid for the job they are doing. This is not actually a feature of any non-profit organization. In the case of non-profit organizations, the service which is rendered by the members must be free of cost. From this point of view, churches too, should pay tax and take an active part in the economy.
These reasons strongly support the idea of applying taxes over religious organizations such as churches. However, the traditional religious view strongly opposes this proposal. As per the churches are such places, where every service are directly related to well being of the society. Applying taxes on them might raise the idea of atheism. It is always accepted that respect to religion is efficient enough in building up a better society with cultural values. The United States of America might lose their strong religious and cultural value among the citizens if the proposed idea of applying taxes on churches implemented practically in the near future. We need to remember that some beliefs help us to stand in a harmonized way and help us to become a better citizen. We should follow them in order to keep up the progress of our nation.