Monday, March 16, 2015

Naked, Lingerie welcome at this church

by Gary Snyder

As of now, it’s hands-off for federal income taxes, other taxes and more for a self-proclaimed church.

For generations, churches have been exempt from income taxes. What’s more, all 50 states and the District of Columbia give them a pass on property taxes.

A parsonage allowance says an ordained member of the clergy can live tax-free in a home owned by his or her religious organization. Alternatively, the clergy member can receive a tax-free annual payment to buy or rent a home.

U.S. churches have in all 50 states and the District of Columbia been given a pass on property taxes. 

A new ‘church’ recently opened in Panama City Beach, Florida. 

But this church wasn’t even close to being legit. It charged a $20 ‘suggested donation’ and had an ATM. Its website boasted ‘Anything But Clothes,’ lingerie and pajama events, ‘Wet n wild,’ twerking and naked paintball parties. The holy iconography featured oral sex and drinking. 

Local officials stripped it of its tax-exempt status. Bay County Property Appraiser Dan Sowell rescinded the exemption that allowed The Life Center to avoid paying state property taxes. After all, it was clear that the property wasn’t used predominantly for religious purposes. (source)

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