Someone tell me why the Watchtower is tax exempt?

by WireRider 6 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • WireRider

    I live in a town. There is a Watchtower Kingdom Hall. They do not pay any local sales tax or property tax. They have local coverage of police and fire and community services for free --- at the unwanted expense of EVERYONE else.

    The Watchtower is a plague and blight on all our communities. They suck up services. Tax free. AND THEY HAVE NO PLACE OR REASON to be here. They offer NO benefit to the community at all.

    The WT/JW are like locusts. Tax free - robing locals.

    We hate them. Stop knocking at our doors unwanted. Not unwanted - despised. Get out.

    Get off my door step and stop sucking up my taxes - I never agreed to pay local taxes to cover you!

  • brandnew
    Cuz they are a$$holes ,......n stuff.☺
  • blondie

    They qualify as a religious non-profit in the US per the IRS as a religious community (so does Scientology).

    I don't know what other countries do...but it has been a policy in the US because of the separation of church and state under the Constitution from the beginning of the US.

    Tax Exemptions of Religious Property

    Tax Exemptions of Religious Property.—Every State and the District of Columbia provide for tax exemptions for religious institutions, and the history of such exemptions goes back to the time of our establishment as a polity. The only expression by a Supreme Court Justice prior to 1970 was by Justice Brennan, who deemed tax exemptions constitutional because the benefit conferred was incidental to the religious character of the institutions concerned.178 Then, in 1970, a nearly unanimous Court sustained a state exemption from real or personal property taxation of “property used exclusively for religious, educational or charitable purposes” owned by a corporation or association which was conducted exclusively for one or more of these purposes and did not operate for profit.179 The first prong of a two-prong argument saw the Court adopting Justice Brennan’s rationale. Using the secular purpose and effect test, Chief Justice Burger noted that the purpose of the exemption was not to single out churches for special favor; instead, the exemption applied to a broad category of associations having many common features and all dedicated to social betterment. Thus, churches as well as museums, hospitals, libraries, charitable organizations, professional associations, and the like, all non-profit, and all having a beneficial and stabilizing influence in community life, were to be encouraged by being treated specially in the tax laws. The primary effect of the exemptions was not to aid religion; the primary effect was secular and any assistance to religion was merely incidental.180

    For the second prong, the Court created a new test, the entanglement test,181 by which to judge the program. There was some entanglement whether there were exemptions or not, Chief Justice Burger continued, but with exemptions there was minimal involvement. But termination of exemptions would deeply involve government in the internal affairs of religious bodies, because evaluation of religious properties for tax purposes would be required and there would be tax liens and foreclosures and litigation concerning such matters.182

    178 “If religious institutions benefit, it is in spite of rather than because of their religious character. For religious institutions simply share benefits which government makes generally available to educational, charitable, and eleemosynary groups.” Abington School Dist. v. Schempp, 374 U.S. 203, 301 (1963) (concurring opinion).

    179 Walz v. Tax Comm'n, 397 U.S. 664 (1970). Justice Douglas dissented.

    180 397 U.S. at 672-74.

    181 See discussion under “Court Tests Applied to Legislation Affecting Religion,” supra.

    182 397 U.S. at 674-76.

    While the general issue is now settled, it is to be expected that variations of the exemption upheld in Walz will present the Court with an opportunity to elaborate the field still further.183 For example, the Court determined that a sales tax exemption applicable only to religious publications constituted a violation of the Establishment Clause,184 and, on the other hand, that application of a general sales and use tax provision to religious publications violates neither the Establishment Clause nor the Free Exercise Clause.185

    183 For example, the Court subsequently accepted for review a case concerning property tax exemption for church property used as a commercial parking lot, but state law was changed, denying exemption for purely commercial property and requiring a pro rata exemption for mixed use, and the Court remanded so that the change in the law could be considered. Differderfer v. Central Baptist Church, 404 U.S. 412 (1972).

    184 Texas Monthly, Inc. v. Bullock, 489 U.S. 1 (1989) .

    185 Jimmy Swaggart Ministries v. California Bd. of Equalization, 493 U.S. 378 (1990). Similarly, there is no constitutional impediment to straightforward application of 26 U.S.C. § 170 to disallow a charitable contribution for payments to a church found to represent a reciprocal exchange rather than a contribution or gift. Hernandez v. Commissioner, 490 U.S. 680 (1989).

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  • Beth Sarim
    Beth Sarim

    The Borg is tax exempt because they are technically classified as a ''religious charity''. A multi-billion dollar business disguised as a religion. A huge corporation of sorts which takes advantage of every perk that a religious group receives. They take every advantage of this ''tax free'' break and give absolutely nothing back to those who grant this ''tax free'' break. Just imagine the money you as a person in the workforce would save if you didn't have to pay taxes. Well, with the Borg, the money they save with ''tax exempt'' status is probably more than a working person can imagine.

  • Doctor Who
    Doctor Who
    You do know that is the REAL reason they count their time in field servus. It is a way to show the Government all the "free bible training" they are providing to the community.
  • NewYork44M

    They follow the IRS guidelines for tax exempt organizations. If you think they do not qualify you have every right to contact the IRS and explain why they should not be tax exempt. Keep in mind the primary exemption that churches get is related to property taxes. You are not going to get much tax revenue from income generated; the significant exemption relates to property taxes.

    I would love to see churches lose their tax exempt position. I doubt that this will happen in our lifetime.

  • Beth Sarim
    Beth Sarim
    There's a vast amount of money tied up in the Churches. The Governments know this. Should the World Government ever get in a dire pinch for money. You just never know what could happen!!!!

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