I think churches should pay taxes like the rest of us, and our businesses. Churches are businesses, in my opinion.
In 2013, churches would have paid over $83 billion in taxes. Compare that to $76 billion we pay for food stamps for everone in the country authorized to receive them. This means if churches paid taxes, food stamps would be paid for. Don’t churches preach about feeding the hungry?
We would still have $7 billion left over. That would be enough to house all the homeless in the country.
But for some reason, churches don’t pay taxes.
Yet, when people go to church schools for “education” our government subsidizes them by paying for their childcare while they are “learning.” Check this article about Hasidic Jews in New York, which deals with exactly this subject.