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Tennessee Pentecostal Church in Tax Exemption Legal Battle
A lawsuit is challenging Davidson County's refusal to rescind a property tax assessed on a local church. Apparently oblivious that churches across the nation have used book and athletic facilities to minister to their communities for decades, officials levied a partial property tax on Christ Church Pentecostalâ€™s bookstore and gymnasium under the argument that they are not an integral part of the churchâ€™s ministry.
â€śChurches shouldnâ€™t be treated differently than other entities in Tennesseeâ€”such as college bookstores, family wellness centers and hospital gift shopsâ€”that are tax exempt by law,â€ť says Alliance Defense Fund Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley....