Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Faith, B.P. and a Generous Settlement, Should Churches Pay Taxes if They Generate Revenue.?

Pastor Tony Byrd; TBO Image Rigths
Tampa, (Fl) --- There is a fine line between the right to profess your beliefs, having a business and getting your business vulnerable due lost of revenue because of a tragedy that is out of the hands of any owner.

Everyone by now, know the the B.P. tragedy, the oil spill that destroyed an ecosystem and ruined thousands of business across the gulf. It was a shame, but yet then there is a point on the debacle "what kind of business were affected beyond the ones who used fluvial ways as a way to generate revenues.?"

The answer could be broad but yet amazing to think that also churches where affected; why churches.? The don't offer a human capital but yet they generate revenues, yet they don't pay taxes because "it's against their rights a they are not business." Is a double standards, because if you generate revenues and you don't pay taxes then your business is committing fraud, and if you receive a settlement because your business lost revenue you are a business even if you are a church and you should pay taxes as everyone else. 

That is the case of MorningStar Church, located in Tampa's Citrus Park; where the Head Pastor Tony said revenue dropped at MorningStar after the B.P. spill, which he got a settlement according to the August/11/2013 edition of the Tampa Tribune. This little case is just another example on why if churches argue a lost on revenue, should they be charged with taxes.?

The answer is yes, because as the case of Morningstar Church is just a prime example where there is a benefit of a settlement just as any other business, the government should start taxing them because a church shouldn't generate revenue even if is as a business is exempted, is not a charity because the pastors benefit from the pilgrims who pay for the expenses not only for the church, but as well for the pastors who sustain any personal earning from their "businesses" which are their churches.

While B.P. has estimated that the total costs of the settlement will be approximately US$708 billion, there is no limit on the total of the settlement and the total amount paid out will depend on the number of qualifying claims made, which could lower or put on high level the estimate made by B.P.

There is a point where is OK that any affected companies/ localities should receive some reparations but in cases of mega-churches that they are hold as corporations such as Joel Osteen and his ministries, that they employ a large group of people to execute marketing campaigns around social media as well on different levels whee is clearly that a large ministry as that one needs some form of not-for-profit type of employment to keep it running without breaking the law, as it surpass the size of a non for profit corporation.