Wow, I had to pick myself up off the floor. A multi-billion dollar corporation
has been exempt from federal taxes? It isn't for the lack of trying to be
philanthropic! (Joke intended) It is a business, shares revenues with its
franchises, etc., etc., and should be taxed as such.
"Church haters would do well to remember that churches feed and clothe the
poor, help with housing, organize blood drives, provide disaster relief"I think most people would support a tax exemption when churches do these
things. However, this is a very small portion of the money used by churches.
@kfbobI don't disagree with doing it. But, good
old Grover has said before that closing loopholes in tax law is akin to raising
taxes and unless he is offsetting this elsewhere, Chafftez is in violation of
his pledge to Grover.
to LagomorphI, too, am shocked that I agree w/ Chaffetz. The only
way this legislation could be better is if it banned Billionaire owners from
getting tax subsidies to build or improve stadiums.That said, as a
Dolphins fan, Incognito is a meathead and a numbskull. However, J Martin
couldn't handle the rigors of the NFL. Rather than man up and retire
gracefully, he is a 2 faced weasel going out w/ a cash grab using some PC like
agenda concocted by lawyer mommy who specializes in (wait for it) employment
On the business side of things the LDS Church pays taxes on all ventures not
used for truly religion/worship/ charity related activities. LDS own many such
businesses such as city creek center and get no breaks except where profits are
clearly moved into charitable/worship/humanitarian purposes. The LDS Church
does not avoid taxes on their non-religious ventures.
Republicans tried to eliminate loopholes when Obama and the democrats insisted
on a rate hike instead. I guess you liberals conveniently forgot
about that. Church haters would do well to remember that churches
feed and clothe the poor, help with housing, organize blood drives, provide
disaster relief (much more efficiently than FEMA ever has, no matter who is
president), do community improvement projects, help wayward teens, run
orphanages and counseling centers, provide job training, etc etc etc. They more
than make up for the taxes they don't pay in services the government
doesn't need to provide funds for. But feel free to rail
against the churches if you wish. It is a free country. You can call evil good
and good evil all you want. In fact is was prophesied in the Bible, and you are
proving the Bible to be true.
I doubt this will get democratic support.
There are many organizations that should have their tax exempt status evaluated.
The NFL. IHC. Credit Unions. Churches. Should we re-think all of their
Chaffetz actually did something right for once. Whoda thunkit.
You take away the tax exemption from Churches and the government can then
control them. Not a good idea.Add up all the good they do for disasters,
for the homeless, for the unemployed, etc.Read the article in the Des News
about the young basketball players and the influence for good that the Church
(or churches) has/had on them.Sorry, tax the NFL, but leave the churches
alone. BTW, since Muslims are exempt from 0bamacare, you can imagine they
would be exempt from taxes.
HelioTeller said: I'd be against this move if the NFL wasn't so eager
to advertise alcohol to children.They're advertising to Adults.
It's illegal to sell alcohol to minors.I am curious why you
think billionaires need these tax breaks?
I'd be against this move if the NFL wasn't so eager to advertise
alcohol to children.
I too agree with Jason.kfbob: He didn't raise any taxes, he is
fixing a sweatheart deal that the NFL received long ago exempting them from
taxes.You mean like if Obama let the bush tax cuts expire it was a TAX
increase on the wealthy?
@CincinnatusHe didn't raise any taxes, he is fixing a
sweatheart deal that the NFL received long ago exempting them from taxes. Now
if he could fix all those sweetheart deals that Obama is giving to Unions as
exemptions to Obamacare Mandates, then we would have real progress.
I can't believe I agree with Rep. Chaffetz on something.
Surely there's a typo? Or is this the Onion? Did a Tea Party Republican
just propose to close a tax loophole that benefits billionaire owners?
I agree with Chaffetz on this. Now if we could only do the same thing to
religions, then we would really be making progress.
Wow, I actually agree with Chaffetz on something. Not used to that.
Wow! I never thought I'd agree with Rep. Chaffetz on anything, but I can
support this. Pro sports are for-profit businesses that do not deserve tax
exemptions intended for public service organizations.After this, can
he take on the workplace culture within the NFL? Hazing, insults, and assaults
such as that recently in the news by Richie Incognito are widespread and would
constitute actionable hostile work environments in any employment situation
outside of pro football. Where is the EEOC when you need it?
I was under the impression Chaffetz was a Republican.
Excellent congressman and after this please go after religous organizations.
Both have their big shows on Sunday but it's what they do the rest of the
week that should dis-qualify them from tax-exempt status.
Uh, oh! Did Rep. Chaffetz double check with Grover Norquist on this one?
Chaffetz signed the pledge not to raise taxes on individuals or businesses.
This is going to put him in Norquists crosshairs come election time. Not that
that's a bad thing...
Jason just kicked another field goal through the uprights.