The New York Times has been running an interesting series of articles about the various tax breaks (and exemptions from many other laws) that are available to religious groups in the U.S.:
- As Exemptions Grow, Religion Outweighs Regulation
- Where Faith Abides, Employees Have Few Rights
- Religious Programs Expand, So Do Tax Breaks
- Religion-Based Tax Breaks: Housing to Paychecks to Books
- In the Congressional Hopper: A Long Wish List of Special Benefits and Exemptions
There’s a lot of meat in those articles, and a lot of food for thought for the tax resistance (and libertarian) set. Seems that you can kiss a lot of taxes and government regulation goodbye if you find (organized) religion — more cynically, it’s easy to see many of these taxes and regulations as penalties the government applies to people, businesses, and non-profit organizations to punish them for not being religious.