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  •  I would set the limit at.... (11+ / 0-)

    ... $500K / year of gross income, and ownership of at most two pieces of real estate.  

    That would enable small local churches to function more or less normally as they did decades ago, with one or two pastors, a secretary, a teacher if they held any kind of classes, and reasonable expenses.  

    And I would also tighten up the political advocacy limits such that no church funds or properties could be used for advocacy for or against any candidate for public office or ballot measure, or they lose their tax exemption.

    As for the mega-churches, big-box churches, and great-big churches, yeah, it's time to tax them until they squeak.  Though, at that point some of them would go overtly political in a way that we have never seen before.

    So in the end, someone needs to do some serious research to ascertain whether taxing them and thereby unleashing them could have worse effects than just strictly enforcing the laws that presently exist and perhaps tightening them up a bit, so the loss of tax exemption remains a viable threat to use against the Big Ones.

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 04:24:18 AM PDT

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    •  Sounds good (3+ / 0-)
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      There are some wonderful small parishes (Jan Hus in NYC) who have community outreach, clothing drives etc. This would be a good solution-and I agree:tax the megachurches up to their eyeball-and watch their pastors flee to the Caymans for their ill-gotten gains!

      "Well Clarice, have the lambs stopped screaming?"

      by buffie on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 04:53:46 AM PDT

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    •  Yes Protect the Small Ones nt (1+ / 0-)
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      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 05:44:48 AM PDT

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    •  I'm not sure I WANT small churches to (1+ / 0-)
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      prosper. Down here in the SOuth, those are usually the moot right-wing because they're crazy non-denominational  churches with self-ordained loony pastors or their Church of God.

      I'd limit deductions to the interest on the church mortgage and money spent on actual charitable works like soup kitchens or Big Brother programs.

      The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

      by irishwitch on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 02:04:08 PM PDT

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      •  that's another good proposal: (0+ / 0-)

        Limit the deductions to mortgage interest and actual charitable works.  

        "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

        by G2geek on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 07:36:31 PM PDT

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