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Today I have a piece in The Wall Street Journal which examines new tax provisions for churches in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
Here’s an excerpt:
Country - Children - Weekend - Sunday - School
Across the country, children will gather together this weekend for Sunday school. Some of them, no doubt, will hear about tax collectors. They might even sing about Zacchaeus, the “wee little man” who Jesus welcomed once he repented of fleecing his constituents. Yet the children likely won’t know that a tax collector is, once again, on the prowl. And it’s their Sunday schools and churches that are being targeted.
A little-noticed provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 now looms over faith communities in America, raising serious questions about religious freedom and the First Amendment. While this provision is a relatively small piece of the overall package, the effect of the policy it created will be felt by the faithful around the country. This change is a new policy to tax nonprofit organizations—including houses of worship, like the Southern Baptist churches...
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