The Republicans have brought in the GOP tax law, and one of the many affected by the tax is going to be churches.
The change to the GOP Tax law means that religious groups, along with any other non-profit organization based on faith, will have to pay out the tax to the tune of 21%. The tax applies to all employee benefits, transportation, memberships to gyms, meals plus more.
This is a move to help recuperate the tax cuts for any individuals along with corporations. Non-profit organizations do not have to pay income tax so a law was brought in to tax the fringe benefits given to those working for non-profit organizations, including churches.
600 Churches Sign Petition against Tax calling it Absurd
At this point around 600 churches along with other groups have signed the petition. The chairman of the board of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Mike Batts, began calling for people to sign the petition saying:
“What we’re talking about is an income tax on the church for providing parking to its employees — that’s what we’re talking about. It’s absurd.”
Another person who was not pleased with the GOP tax is Galen Carey, the vice president of government relations at the National Association of Evangelicals. She said:
“There’s going to be huge headaches. The costs of compliance, especially for churches that have small staffs or maybe volunteer accountants and bookkeepers — we don’t need this kind of hassle.”
Churches Cost U.S. Taxpayers around $71 Billion A Year
Many have said that putting a tax on churches is a long time overdue. Claiming non-profit organizations should have to pay tax the same as everyone else.
In 2015, the Secular Policy Institute revealed churches that are exempt from paying tax cost the taxpayers in the United States around $71 billion each year. It was said that religious groups get income tax subsidies of about $35.3 billion along with property tax subsidies of $26.2 billion each year. Along with this, they get $5.1 billion by way of state income tax subsidies, $2.2 billion from subsidies known as faith-based along with $1.2 billion parsonages.