Most churches use the money they raise to not only pay pastors and other church workers, and run the church, but to feed and clothe the needy, they run soup kitchens, donate to disaster relief services, help fund schools, build homes, plant crops , provide clean drinking water all over the world. Taxing them takes money away from the people who the churches help and need the money more than the government does. The government on the other hand, spends more tax money on running the machine called government, then helping the needy.
Wrong! The churches use the infrastructure, such as roads, sewers, police and fire protection etc . which are paid through property taxes paid by all taxpayers even though they do not all belong to that church. I belong to the Kiwanis Club, we meet also once a week, rent a room on a monthly basis pay the property tax as part of the rent, paid through our membership fees. We do not pay the president, we do not build great buildings, we raise a lot of money through our projects with all labor provided free, All money raised goes one hundred percent to charity much the same as the quoted services stated above. We not only help where help is needed in the community but also throughout the world. Our current world wide effort is called “Elimination”
http://sites.kiwanis.org/Kiwanis/en/theELIMINATEproject/home.aspx to save the lives of 49.000 Babies and a significant number of mothers. We don’t build churches overseas and hire missionaries to promote our religion. Our membership comes from all walks of life and the money we raise are not subsidies from the Government. Is it too much to ask that churches pay their share of property tax so that non denominational people do not have to pay for the infrastructure and municipal services they use, like any one else has to? As for the government is concerned, much taxpayers money is spent helping the needy in Canada. The actual cost of actually running the government is much less than the cost of healthcare, primary and secondary education and all the government services provided for people who are in need of help. Tax receipts should also only be issued for the proportion of the donation actually being used for charity, not for running the charity.