Taxing the church

Posted on May 11, 2013 by

Although churches are still exempt from income taxes, they are increasingly being crippled by the nickel-and-dime tactics of the various state governments. The latest outrage is an attempt by Maryland to tax all of the rain runoff surfaces, supposedly in a desperate strategy to save the Chesapeake Bay.

Last year in its final hours, the legislature passed a bill mandating that nine counties and Baltimore City establish fees on impervious surfaces such as parking lots, driveways and roofs, with the money going toward cleaning up stormwater runoff to protect the Chesapeake Bay.

…Other delegates have been approached by pastors complaining of the fee. Del. Warren Miller, R-Howard, said one Clarksville church believes it will have to pay $30,000. And Del. Steve DeBoy D-Baltimore-Howard, said a priest at St. Augustine Church in Elkridge told him, “This tax is really going to hurt us.”

Our own parish is facing a $45,000 bill, according to our pastor.

Because conservatives are more likely to be contributing to a church or operating a private school or charity on a shoestring budget, this tax will fall disproportionately hard on them. Coupled with the IRS outrage, enough is enough.

Obvious persecution is obvious.