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Tax Refund Going To Church

How is getting a tax refund this year and what are you going to do with your tax refund? Will you give it to your church?

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 ---John on 3/24/07
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To my church! For what? I may give an offering but no way will I give the whole refund over to my church. I have a ministry that could use that refund money.My church is not the only ministry that I support or need money.
---Robyn on 8/22/07


Can you find anywhere in the new testament where Christians are commanded to pay a tithe? This is a part of the law, and we are no longer under the law. We give what we feel right to God (without compulsion), whether that is 1% or 10% or 50%.

Those who insist on a legalistic 10% tithe probably sing that famous hymn:

I surrender one tenth
I surrender one tenth
One tenth to thee my blessed savior
I surrender one tenth
---Mark on 8/22/07

My husband and I got back over $6,000. We gave our church 10% of that. We paid our bills with, helped family. I bought my children some clothes, shoes. When the things that we needed were took care of, then we splurged. which is something we do not do very often.
---Rebecca_D on 8/21/07

I understand that the earned income refund is not a real refund, but a gift. I'd just like to say that I didn't give my tax dollars to be given away to someone else. Give it back to me!!!
---Susie on 3/27/07

Susie, I fully understand the earned income credit. However, one can only be refunded money that one has paid in the first place. The EIC allows people to receive a check over and above any taxes they might have paid in over the course of the year. It's basically a transfer payment, gift, bonus but not technically a refund. However, it is part of the tax code and the money undoubtedly comes in handy for all those who qualify.
---ralph7477 on 3/27/07

Ralph...The earned income credit allows low-income families to get large refunds that they didn't pay in. Sometimes these refunds are more than they actually made in that year.
---Susie on 3/27/07

I don't care, if it was a gift, refund or what because that money helped us out alot.
---Rebecca_D on 3/27/07

Rebecca, I guess I assumed that you had paid at least $6,000 in taxes because you stated that was the amount you "got back". A refund means you paid too much and the money is being refunded to you. If the IRS sent you a check for more than you actually paid in taxes it is technically not a refund, but a gift.
---ralph7477 on 3/26/07

John: I would say at least 75% goes to the needy, and the rest goes to the church to pay for utilites and fixing things that needs fixed. I can also pay my tithes and help the needy as well. Alot of people think they don't have a choice, but they do, if they just do it.
---Rebecca_D on 3/26/07

Rebecca. I know not all churches are like that. But even in your church how much of the budget really goes to the needy? 50% maybe at the most? So if we follow what the Scriptures say about giving we would give the needy what they need ourselves and they would get 100% of it not 50%. The storehouse where the tithes were brought in the not the church. The church is the people.
---john on 3/26/07

The interest rate may stink, but the security is superb.
Some people may like to stash their cash, so it's not within easy reach.
---Greenspot on 3/26/07

How am I letting the goverment keep too much money? I"ve always heard, the more you make the more they take. We didn't owe any taxes and we got the earned income credit because of our two kids. they raised it last year to $1,000 a child. We only had to pay around $100 to get our taxes filed.
---Rebecca_D on 3/26/07

How am I letting the goverment keep too much money? I"ve always heard, the more you make the more they take. We didn't owe any taxes and we got the earned income credit because of our two kids. they raised it last year to $1,000 a child. We only had to pay around $100 to get our taxes filed.
---Rebecca_D on 3/26/07

Rebecca, you may want to adjust your witholding because you are obviously letting the government keep way too much of your money at no cost to them. Ideally your refund should be zero, while owing zero. That way you could use or save the $500 a month. Don't think of the government as a savings account, the interest rate stinks...(0%).
---ralph7477 on 3/26/07

John; not all churches pay their Pastor a salary. My church is one of them. Our tithes goes to the church, pay utilities, and the people in need inside the church. So the money goes for those in need.
---Rebecca_D on 3/25/07

I owe the IRS $3000. Can the church pay me 10%? LOL. Just kidding.
---Madison1101 on 3/25/07

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I have another question. Would the church like to pay our tax bill this year?
---Susie on 3/25/07

I challenge those of you who are living by Mal.3 to go and re-read that Scripture as well as Deut.14. and realize that the storehouse is not the church. It's a place where food and clothing and anything that the poor and needy had need of was stored. It was never money. So change your money into needy things and give it to the poor instead of to a church that has a budget who's main expense is it's own operating expense and wages.
---john on 3/25/07

hi, my name is mike. why you do really think God wants you to give him 10 percent? He is God, no? why does he need money. God is you, and me, and everyone. peace and one love.
---michael on 3/25/07

if you paid your tithe on the gross income then you've already paid your tithe on your tax refund. any money you give to God out of this is an offering and is paid at your discretion or the leading of the Holy Spirit.
---Richard on 3/25/07

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God's commandment for us to obey is according to Malachi 3:10 about a 10% tithes be given to His house.This time is the Love giving that comes within your heart and is more than the tithes.
It is on how big is your heart of giving and it depends on your discretion of giving your tax refund because specifically God doesn't command this.
---Edna on 3/25/07

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