Last updated on: 11/29/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

UPDATED: Should churches (defined as churches, temples, mosques, synagogues, etc.) remain tax-exempt?

– UPDATED: Should churches (defined as churches, temples, mosques, synagogues, etc.) remain tax-exempt? – The US tax code permits ministers of religion to deduct housing costs from their federal income tax. The “parsonage exemption” can apply to multiple homes used by a single pastor. While 95% of ministers make less than $50,000 annually, church leaders Creflo and Taffi Dollar of World Changers Church International had three tax-free parsonages: a million-dollar mansion in Atlanta, GA, a two-million-dollar mansion in Fayetteville, GA, and a $2.5 million Manhattan apartment. Read new pro and con arguments debating the “parsonage exemption” on ministers’ housing costs.