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  •  The federal Unrelated business income tax laws (3+ / 0-)

    apply equally to churches and non-churches.  

    •  Paying taxes is different. (2+ / 0-)
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      gooderservice, ElaineinIN

      Whether they pay taxes or not on for-profit activities is beside the point. I don't think they should be engaging in for-profit activities at all. It's got nothing to do with religion.

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      by Words In Action on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:56:36 AM PST

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      •  So you *don't* want them adhering to the same (1+ / 0-)
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        JamesGG

        rules as other nonprofits; you want substantially stricter rules for churches.

      •  Paying taxes on for-profit businesses (1+ / 0-)
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        wilderness voice

        is how current law manages for-profit business activities of charitable organizations.   So paying taxes would be the "same rules".  Now you could change that, but you'd be changing that for everyone.  Including, by the way, the bake sales and car washes (technically, for profit activities) for most small nonprofits as well as the investment income from most foundations, all of which is technically income not related to your exempt purpose.

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