Church tax exemption is hotly debated. Although several countries require church members to pay a tax, many consider churches as tax-exempt. In discussions related to this policy, a nation’s perception of religious freedom and the common good is pivotal. Does the tax-exempt status of churches protect or violate these values?
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The tax-exempt status of churches protects religious freedom and the common good by making it easier for churches to survive and do positive work for their community.
The tax-exempt status of churches enables charity work
If churches were taxed, they would be unable to contribute to the common good. The extra revenue that churches reap from their lack of taxes filters back into their communities in real and tangible ways that cannot be said for many of the larger corporations.
A central focus of churches is caring for the poor and marginalized. They also provide services for the community. A church tax would force these institutions to channel less money into providing these services. As a result, the poor and marginalized would suffer from a lack of these previously offered resources. Through providing these services, churches earn their tax-exempt status by contributing to the common good.
[P1] The charity work religious institutions do has significant positive effects.
[P2] If they were to pay taxes, they would no longer be able to carry this work out.
[P3] The charity work does more good than their paying taxes would do.
[P4] Churches should be exempt from taxes.