It’s high Time For All Houses OF Worship TO Start Paying Property Tax. I notice Large parcels of property concerning houses of worship of all denominations and all religions, they are getting a free tax ride at everyone’s expense, this has to stop in this day and age.. . from curb repairs to garbage removal and pickup so on and so forth this has to come to an end now, The houses of worship from the mainline Churches the Independent congregational Temples and Mosques, Let them make up a new budget to include paying property taxes , believe me it won’t break them in the least , Every House of Worship must put away to pay expenses from now on to pay to piper by making them pay their fair share of Taxes. It will put a a nice piece of change in the local coffers so lets say Amen to total tax abatement for all houses of worship.
WHAT IS A houses of worshipIRC section 501(c) describes several organizations that qualify for tax-exempt status, including churches, but does not provide a precise definition of a “church.” However, IRS Publication 1828, Tax Guide for Churches and Religious Organizations, l ists 14 criteria the IRS considers important in deciding whether an organization qualifies. They are
A distinct legal existence.
A recognized creed and form of worship.
A definite and distinct ecclesiastical government.
A formal code of doctrine and discipline.
A distinct religious history.
A membership not associated with any other church or denomination.
An organization of ordained ministers.
Ordained ministers selected after completing prescribed studies.
A literature of its own.
Established places of worship.
Regular worship services.
Schools for the religious instruction of the young.
Schools for the preparation of ministers.