Thursday, January 30, 2020

should we tax non-profits including churches?

A really provocative question from many angles...
A few principles:
a.) the Church should not lobby for subsidies
b.) one can make a good case to tax any productive entity-- to deal with "negative externalities" and to provide "public goods" (as economists define them)
c.) that said, one can make a case for exempting non-profits
d.) in any case, all non-profits should be treated the same for tax purposes; please, no discrimination or bigotry against religion
e.) remember that all taxes are always borne by people-- consumers, workers, owners, etc.
f.) tax increases (e.g., on non-profits or on services) should be offset by tax decreases elsewhere


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