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What Is A Tax Exempt Church

If a CHRISTIAN has a personal time of Worship and Study in their home at least once a week, should they be able declare being a Church and tax exempt?

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 ---Rob on 11/1/15
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Rob: The criteria for a church congregation is laid out in Matthew 18:20. The Father, Son & Holy Ghost can't be included as members of the church congregation because they are the One true & living God of whom the church assembles to worship.
---Leon on 5/8/16


Nicole_Lacey:

Unless they have a warrant? Listen to yourself.

Yes. Unless I do something criminal that deserves a warrant, the government must stay out of my home. If I commit a crime, all bets are off.

why do you assume you have to have a reason to keep the Government out of your home?

I don't need a reason, any more than you need a reason to keep the government out of your church.

Are you claiming NO HELP from any Church?

Seeing how many people need medical assistance, I don't know ANY churches that have the financial resources to pay medical bills of all their members (except maybe those who ca afford to buy multiple mansions and personal jets for their charismatic preachers...)
---StrongAxe on 11/9/15


(unless they have a warrant)..Tell that to someone with cancer on Medicaid. How many bake sales pay a $1M hospital bill?.---StrongAxe

That's my point! Medicaid is Government HELP at it's best!

Unless they have a warrant? Listen to yourself.

StrongAxe, why do you assume you have to have a reason to keep the Government out of your home?

Warrants are issued only for the sole purpose of getting Evidence to prevent a crime, or prove a crime.

Even if the Person is wrong, they have to have a REASON to go into his home.
Not for the sole purpose of being Wrong.

The Church may NOT give you the whole 1 million dollars.
There are other people in NEED as well.

Are you claiming NO HELP from any Church?
---Nicole_Lacey on 11/8/15


Nicole_Lacey:

I said: The fact that one has the constitutional right to form a worship and have a church does not... guarantee a constitutional right to avoid paying taxes.

You said: Yes it does, thank God it does.

So you say, but can you cite any federal laws that say so? The First Amendment is a principle, but only says what laws can and cannot be established.

I have the right to keep the Government out of my Church.

I have the right to keep the government out of my home (unless they have a warrant) but I STILL must pay taxes.

The Churches help the poor more then the Government.

Tell that to someone with cancer on Medicaid. How many bake sales pay a $1M hospital bill?
---StrongAxe on 11/6/15


The fact that one has the constitutional right to form a worship and have a church does not in any way guarantee a constitutional right to avoid paying taxes...It doesn't work that way.---StrongAxe on 11/5/15

Yes it does, thank God it does.

I have the right to keep the Government out of my Church.

The Churches help the poor more then the Government.

Government only knows how to WASTE money.

So why give them more money?

Let the Government PROVE they can manage the money they already have taken via taxes from the people.

NO MORE SHRIMPS ON TREADMILLS.

$250,000 waste!

I rather give my money to the Church who will take care of the poor!
---Nicole_Lacey on 11/5/15




\\When I have Worship and Study in my home, at least 4 are present. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, along with myself.\\

Sorry, but Jesus requires two or three human beings (as opposed to the Jewish 10) for a minyan.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/5/15


Nicole_Lacey:

You said: 'Church' is included in the Freedom of Religion.

The fact that one has the constitutional right to form a worship and have a church does not in any way guarantee a constitutional right to avoid paying taxes.

Otherwise, prosperity ministries could say they teach "give all to God, and God will give all to you", and their members could give 100% of their income to the church (and pay no tax on what is left, because there isn't any), and the church could provide them with tax-free homes, cars, clothing, and food. It doesn't work that way.
---StrongAxe on 11/5/15


It's not as easy as you think. First, you have to incorporate, and this will take at least three people. Second, you have articles of incorporation which includes a detailed your purpose or mission statement. Third, you can then apply for non-profit status which may take weeks or months to get this status. (What I've stated is based on experience. Plus, what I've stated is just a couple basic requirements. It's best in get a lawyer who knows how to take care of non-profit organizations.)
---wivv on 11/4/15


You said: Simply being a church. Such is the case of many I could name, mostly Orthodox.

So how do they manage to avoid paying taxes? Surely there are some legal hoops they must jump through. ---StrongAxe on 11/4/15

No hoops.

'Church' is included in the Freedom of Religion.

That simple.

AMERICA IS GREAT!
---Nicole_Lacey on 11/4/15


Cluny:

I said: Do you know of any other way to be a tax-exempt church in the United States, without also being a 501(c)3 non-profit corporate entity?

You said: Simply being a church. Such is the case of many I could name, mostly Orthodox.

So how do they manage to avoid paying taxes? Surely there are some legal hoops they must jump through.
---StrongAxe on 11/4/15




Rob, this is want I mean about you. Because you method of being a Christian make you believe others should FOLLOW your method.

In the RCC, not going to Church on Sundays except for illness is a moral sin.

So, no matter what, we still have to have a Church to Worship.

One has to study and pray at home everyday.

What does one have to do with the other?

Again, you are very controlling.

You are acting like we only have 'freedom of worship' instead of 'freedom of religion.'

The 2 are different not the same you know.

Russia granted the 'freedom of worship, and NOT 'freedom of religion'.
---Nicole_Lacey on 11/3/15


NO. Although I have met some shysters who would do such a thing.
---KarenD on 11/3/15


\\Do you know of any other way to be a tax-exempt church in the United States, without also being a 501(c)3 non-profit corporate entity?\\

Simply being a church.

Such is the case of many I could name, mostly Orthodox.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/3/15


Cluny:

I said: you would have to register a 501(c)3 non-profit corporate entity (i.e. church)

You said: Not all churches are that.

True, but this blog is about tax-exempt status for churches. Do you know of any other way to be a tax-exempt church in the United States, without also being a 501(c)3 non-profit corporate entity?
---StrongAxe on 11/2/15


There are very exacting rules for trying to take a tax exemption. My father ran a jewelry store out of our basement. He did jewelry repairs for several other retail stores. When he asked about making the basement into his jobsite, so that he could get a tax break, the accountant laughed, then pointed at the washer and the dryer, and asked how keeping the clothes clean worked in a jewelry store.

Pray for me,
the unworthy monk Brendan
---Monk_Brendan on 11/2/15


You have received freely, so give freely.

Matthew 10:8b
---john1944 on 11/2/15


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\\you would have to register a 501(c)3 non-profit corporate entity (i.e. church),\\

Not all churches are that.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/2/15


Of course not. Christian are suppose to study privately EVERYDAY.

So how in the world can ask for a tax exempt?

A Church is a building where people worship with a leader.

No living room, bed rooms or TV room in the building.
---Nicole_Lacey on 11/2/15


Cluny, I intended this to be a hypothetical question.

I'm retired. I receive Social Security, along with a pension.

When I have Worship and Study in my home, at least 4 are present. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, along with myself.
---Rob on 11/2/15


I am not sure how the law works, but it might be similar to that governing business expenses.

If you want to deduct a part of your home as a business expense, you must have an area that is used exclusively for business, and any equipment you want to deduct must be used exclusively for business (e.g. a computer, car, etc.), and you must provide documentation to that effect.

I suppose that if you wanted to do something similar for a religious exemption, you would have to register a 501(c)3 non-profit corporate entity (i.e. church), and allocate a part of your home exclusively for the use of that church. But this is just an educated guess. I would advice consulting professional legal advice for a definitive answer.
---StrongAxe on 11/1/15


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The very word "Church" implies a congregation, which means more than one person.

Not everyone associated with a church is tax exempt. Even the pastor must pay income tax. (Contrary to what many people think, clergy are NOT tax exempt.)

Perhaps a portion of a residence that is reserved for worship and other spiritual activities would be exempt from real estate taxes, but you'd have to consult a lawyer.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/1/15


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