Nov 092017
 

Now this could get interesting, if true:

Trump thinks Scientology should lose its tax-exempt status

It certainly makes sense that a President would want the CoS to lose its tax exempt status, but I have doubts that a President can actually *do* anything about it. That sort of thing is up to the IRS,and as the article suggests, a President making a stink about a particular case could sorta poison the well. This is, of course, exactly the sort of thing Trump likes to do, though, such as chiming in on Twitter about criminal cases yet to come before the court, thus promptly giving the defense attorneys a perfect chance to make a case that the jury has been tampered with.

 Posted by at 9:51 pm
  • DJF

    Personally I don’t think there should be any tax exempt status, if you make money then pay your taxes. That will hurt the tax exempt industry but that’s the problem we now have a tax exempt industry. Why should one activity pay taxes and others don’t?

    You use government services, roads, sewer systems, defense etc then first pay your taxes and then you can do with what’s left anyway you want.

    • Scottlowther

      The “logic” behind tax exemption for religion is based on a pretty frakked-up interpretation of the 1st amendment. The government isn’t supposed to interfere with the free exercise of religion, so, somehow, this means that taxing a religious enterprise is interfering with them. Even though there’s nothing that says that a religion needs to have any income whatsoever. Any religion that *requires* income seems prima facia to be a business, and should be taxed as such.

      • James

        Hey could be like germany and have a church tax. I swear to god that place is nothing but taxes and rules.

      • James

        Also it made perfect sense when most of the social work was done by the church. They took care of the poor, the sick, etc. Then the government took over that.

      • Paul451

        tax exemption for religion is based on a pretty frakked-up interpretation of the 1st amendment. The government isn’t supposed to interfere with the free exercise of religion

        My interpretation is that by granting a special exemption to any religious-type activities, the government is explicitly violating the establishment clause.

        Thing is, it’s not hard for a church to act as a not-for-profit. Just don’t make a profit. Spend on the church what you raise for the church. Why is your religion making a damn profit?

    • Peter Hanely

      In my pet tax reform proposal, corporations don’t pay taxes on income. They’re recognized as financial pass-throughs. Then, with corporate income not taxed, the big reason to treat capital gains and dividends separate from regular personal income is removed.

  • Bob

    Leah’s Revenge.

  • Michel Van

    I will take Popcorn and watch how this battle evolve…
    https://media.giphy.com/media/nWg4h2IK6jYRO/giphy.gif

  • xvdougl

    The blessed church of unwanted aerospace?

    • B-Sabre

      The Church of Murphy.