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FRONT PAGE  |  5/20/2019
TUESDAY, JAN 1, 2019  |  8 comments
Repeal of tax on churches appears to fail in Congress

The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation Thursday (Dec. 20) to reverse a year-old law that calls for churches to file tax returns for the first time in American history, but it appears unlikely the effort will go any further in this Congress.

The House voted 220-183 in a nearly party-line vote for a bill that included repeal of a 2017 tax cut's provision -– Section 512(a)(7) -- that required houses of worship and nonprofit organizations to pay a 21 percent tax on such employee benefits as parking and transportation. Only Republicans voted in favor of the proposal, and all but three of those opposing the legislation were Democrats.

The House's action, however, apparently will fall short of ultimate nullification of the controversial provision. The Senate does not appear to have the votes to approve the House-passed measure, Southern Baptist policy specialists said. ...

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Angela Wittman | Southern Illinois, US  Contact via emailFind all comments by Angela Wittman
From what I can tell, this has been under-reported! I'm glad SermonAudio and Baptist Press covered it. It's something Christians need to be aware of and keep an eye on.

News Item1/1/19 3:30 PM
Douglas Fir | Zones Four to Six  Find all comments by Douglas Fir
I think the Democrat controlled House of Representatives will find other ways to tax churches, or at least to get them to file reports with the govt. Of course, the Senate will not go along with them, so nothing will be done, and that benefits all.
Of course, it is interesting that the article (from this Baptist Church news site) mentions Southern Baptist policy analysts. I wonder how many churches they represent, and what portion of the population.
And then you can wonder whether this issue has been dealt with in any sermons from the pulpit. I doubt it.

News Item1/1/19 3:12 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
I don't have any problems with my present church.

But why should anyone have this type of problem with any church? It doesn't take a high powered accountant to keep church books? Methodist Churches were able to do it


News Item1/1/19 2:44 PM
Dr. Tim | Land of Cotton  Find all comments by Dr. Tim
Jim, if you don’t believe you can trust the leaders of your church, change churches.

News Item1/1/19 1:47 PM
Unprofitable Servant | TN  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
Jim Lincoln wrote:
No, Timothy
A church finances should be transparent and thus accounted for. It's books should be an open book❗️
excerpt from, "Lesson 15: The Church and Money (Various Scriptures)"
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Televangelist and churches are not one and the same. A churches finances are the business of the body of believers that comprise it not some outside interest.

News Item1/1/19 1:35 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
No, Timothy

A church finances should be transparent and thus accounted for. It's books should be an open book❗️

Steven J. Cole wrote:
When people were asked in a national survey to rank professions for honesty and integrity, they placed TV evangelists near the bottom of 73 occupations, right between prostitutes and organized crime bosses (cited by Lee Stroebel, Inside the Mind of the Unchurched Harry & Mary [Zondervan], p. 201). The local church should not be that way! Rather, we should be a model of godly financial integrity as good stewards of God’s resources.
excerpt from, "Lesson 15: The Church and Money (Various Scriptures)"

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News Item1/1/19 10:35 AM
Dr. Tim | Land of Cotton  Find all comments by Dr. Tim
So Jim I take it that your solution to ecclesiastical crooks stealing from the church is to allow governmental crooks to steal from it as well. With that sort of logic, it any wonder that liberal prescriptions are invariably worse than the disease itself?

News Item1/1/19 2:12 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
from the SA article wrote:
...The provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that became law last December not only leveled a tax on churches and nonprofits but burdened them with accounting and compliance costs not previously required, its foes said....
Perhaps a burden should be put on some of these churches?
Walter Pavlo wrote:
In one of Johnson’s recent studies, Status of Global Mission 2013, there is a line item for “Ecclesiastical Crime,” which is projected to be $37 billion worldwide, or nearly 6% of the total $594 billion given to churches. Losses due to mismanagement of funds is also a line item totaling $8 billion. In contrast, the total spent on mission work to introduce Christianity to more people throughout the world is $32 billion....
excerpt from (Fraud Thriving In U.S. Churches, But You Wouldn't Know It)

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