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    The Catholic Church owns some of the most prized real estate in the country. How would they ever be able to pay off judgements and pay real estate taxes plus continue to meddle in politics
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    Tax corporations first (no more tax rebates for the likes of GE), then churches (since they can't seem to shut up on political issues), then colleges, then non-profit organizations last and least of all. IMO.
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    Tax charities just don't cap deductions for the actual cost of the charity. For example, the costs of food and distribution for a food pantry.
    I say cap tuition for universities that receive tax free status. I would love to see university become free for useful majors, but that isn't happening. We aren't a country that is big into investing in our future.
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    Before we start taking more money from The People.... how about we stop giving perks to those elected to serve The People.

    Starting with their sweetheart health care plan at our expense.... pay for your own like every other Employer has to.

    The pension plan.... Social Security is good enough for the serfs, it should be good enough for them.

    Salary increases only when every deadline is met, such as the budget and so forth and we have a BALANCED Budget with the debt paid off. That's how it works in the real world, it should for them as well.

    Limiting the work performed by "Staff" to tasks relating directly to legislation and prohibiting the use of Government paid staff for planning and implementation of appearances.

    Charging them for foreign travel except for specific tasks with a public agenda for the trip.

    These are a fart in a windstorm compared to the rest of government waste and the debt, but it's time those people began kicking up their fair share.
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    Universities should definitely lose tax exempt status, especially when s football coach makes $5.4 mil/ yr at a PUBLIC university(Nick Saban Alabama, Mack Brown Texas).
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    Those football programs generate MILLIONS for the universities. The BCS championship game had a payout of over $21 million. Those same football programs are the reason your golfing and rowing teams can continue to exist.
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    @LGRepublican I played college football at d3 level so I support sports. But, your stats just go to prove my point: d1 college sports are a big business and the universities should be taxed as such.
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    there are non-profits that do pay taxes. there are different kins of non-profits status's, vis-a-vis the IRS....
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    @Zazziness well, depends on what you mean. There are non profits that pay taxes as they are definitely political or fall outside the tax free status for some other reason.
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    @methinks I dunno. My gut reaction is to agree but I've heard the arguments: if non-profits do not pay a competitive wage they wind up with the bottom of the barrel for staff. And there is some merit to that point. Their staff does pay income tax, afterall. To me, the real figure of interest is what percentage of their income goes to their goals. 10% or 90%? That's a telling figure.
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    Sure tax Universities and colleges, so we can have less American students getting a higher education. Those schools can fill their vacancies with foreign students, who in turn get the better jobs that the American students won't get.
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    No. Why do we need to tax charites? If my church was taxed there is no way we could afford to do the things in the community that we do.(Giveaway food, feed homeless, Free childcare, ect) If we had to pay taxes there is no way we can keep up these programs.
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    You should have thought of that before you built that 5,000 seat amphitheater with a $500K video/sound system and bought the pastor a Lexus.
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    @NormalFlora That is NOT my church at all. Our sanctuary holds about 450 people comfortably 600 uncomfortable. We bought a building that was abandoned by Lutheran Church. No Lexus my pastor does not take a salary. He has a job pays his own bills and buys his own things. He has actually paid the bills of the membership. Myself included, when I fell on hard times. There are churches who are as you describe them to be but my church is not one of them. We still feel that we have an obligation to our community and try to meet that obligation. Paying taxes would prevent us and other churches like ours from doing that.
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    Yes, there are some churches that are still churches...but mostly they are becoming businesses, especially the larger organizations and mega-churches that draw thousands of people in person and on TV and make millions of dollars.

    These churches don't help anyone except their leaders. It's like a huge pyramid scheme where the guy at the top gets the most while everyone else is doing all the work and getting nothing. You don't see any of them saying "here United States of America...country that allows freedom of religion...here's a million dollars to help with the deficit." Trust me...big religious organizations wouldn't even miss it.

    These churches need to be taxed, period. If they want to run their show like a business, then it should be treated like a business.
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    @PayThatCEO And how would you specify what churches have to pay taxes and what churches don't? My church is no where near a mega-church. Sunday we will have dinner/entertainment for less Fortunate families. We are also given out about 350 packages for the kids. These packages includes hats, gloves, scarves, shoes, school supplies, and toys. My church is in the inner city nobody at my church is a rich. If my church ever got the size of a mega church we still wouldn't do all this but we would probably do a lot more. I don't see a problem with people who have mega churches getting "paid" if they are servicing the community in such a way. I can't speak for other cities but I know the mega churches in the Detroit area all do lots of good for the community.
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