Religions Paying Taxes


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In many countries in the world religious activities don’t have to pay taxes the same as regular businesses. Although it can be argued that a religion is not a business, they do still turn over money through donations and other activities.

When religious institutions generating money from society raises the question, should religions be exempt from paying taxes?


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  • religious (adjective)
  • religion (noun)
  • follow (verb)
  • institution (noun)
  • exempt (adjective)
  • tax (noun)
  • fair (adjective)

The Question

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Should religions be exempt from paying taxes?

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to Religions Paying Taxes
  • Are you religious?
  • How do religious institutions such as churches or mosques get money?
  • Do you think it is fair for religions to be exempt from paying taxes? Why?
  • Should religions be treated the same as charities? Why?

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