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Supreme Court's health care ruling could weaken charity tax breaks

Published: Friday, Sept. 7 2012 2:34 p.m. MDT

FILE - This June 28, 2012 file photo shows people who waited in line overnight to hear the Supreme Court on a landmark case on health care hold their belongings as they make their way into the court in Washington.  (Evan Vucci, AP) FILE - This June 28, 2012 file photo shows people who waited in line overnight to hear the Supreme Court on a landmark case on health care hold their belongings as they make their way into the court in Washington. (Evan Vucci, AP)

Our take: Chief Justice John Roberts' decision of the Affordable Care Act dealt not only with the health care business. This story from the Christianity Today says faith-based nonprofits are wary about how the ruling could affect their tax exempt status.

"The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act — or 'Obamacare,' as some have dubbed it — has advocates of faith-based nonprofits concerned about potential unintended 'collateral damage' to their bottom lines.

"The worry: Chief Justice John Roberts's nod to lawmakers' wide discretion to impose taxes — and to condition taxes to influence behavior — could pose threats both to charities' tax exemptions and to donors' tax deductions."

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