Do businesses owned by members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church pay tax?

Q: I’ve heard the brethren businesses don’t pay tax thereby giving them an unfair advantage over the competition?!

A: No, all businesses owned by members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church pay all taxes as required by law in the jurisdiction in which they operate.

13 thoughts on “Do businesses owned by members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church pay tax?”

  1. JCW says:

    Just a quick reply to Anonymous who is worried that donations will get borrowed back…. Have you EVER heard of a church that loans out $$?? I actually laughed when I read that! I believe that that would be a complete breach of the word ‘Charity’… You may want to look up the definition!:)

  2. Mary says:

    What Churches do with their money is (rightly) very tightly controlled and has to be in accord with their ‘reason for being’. I’ve never heard of anyone borrowing money from a church. What advantage would there be in giving money then borrowing it back and paying interest on the loan? They might just as well donate the value of the interest to the church and keep the capital!

  3. VINCE TAYLOR says:

    To answer Anonymus who thinks we would make charitable donations for personal gain: If I have wages of $1,000, my Canadian govt takes $400, leaving me $600 to donate. But if I donate $1000, with the donation tax credit, they give me the $400 back. In both cases, I have donated my full wages, but in the second case, the charity benefits from the extra $400.
    Historically, governments in countries with a Christian background, have recognised a place of Christian worship as being the “house of God”, used for the service of God, and not intended to be a source of government revenue. The current thrust is to negate this charitable principle, and deny the validity of Christianity.

  4. Auline says:

    I WISH! As if something like that would pass an ATO audit! I have been a PBCC all my life and from the day I started working, it has been drummed into me – and every other young person starting work – that we pay our taxes, fully and on time. Some wealthy members are able to make substantial donations to charitable causes, but for most of us – like anyone else in the world – we make donations based on our circumstances and the depth of our hearts – NOT to cheat the ATO! Why don’t you get your facts straight before you make weird and wild assumptions like that one.

  5. Anthony says:

    Jan 25,2103, Anonymous you name yourself, and for a good reason. You haven’t got the gumption to stand by your false assertions. All my life I have been one of the Brethren. I have always paid my taxes in full according to the law of the land. Never have I been approached to use the Church charitable status to my own benefit. Rather, I have always been encouraged to pay my taxes righteously as these are used for the benefit of the community. Your ‘just the view’ is certainly an ‘if’ of myth.

  6. Chamran says:

    This is one of those ridiculous claims against our community. I have paid tax all my life along with all the rest of my friends!
    We certainly don’t have any special tax allowances by the government, just because we are members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church!

  7. Samantha says:

    I agree totally. We all know that if we mess around with tax we get caught sooner or later

    1. Mike says:

      i guess if the PB’s didnt pay tax they would be in jail – we all know what the ATO is like!

  8. Ali says:

    Isn’t it bizarre how myths like this get around – for starters, does anyone really think that HMRC would allow this to happen???!

    1. Anonymous says:

      It is not based on myth just the view that if any church member was to donate a majority of their income to a religious charity it would be tax deductible then one could borrow back at any prearranged interest or terms?

    2. Anonymous says:

      That seems complicated, Anonymous. I am a member and when I donate money it’s because there’s a need, I expect it to be used for the need and don’t borrow it back, that wouldn’t be right. I’ve got bills to pay, too, so could not donate unless they’re taken care of first. I couldn’t donate anywhere near a majority of my income, only what I can afford. I don’t think any member donates money expecting to see it back in any way. The satisfaction comes in being able to help someone in need in some small way – that’s one of the joys of Christianity.

    3. Luke says:

      True, but that would hardly be Christian-like!!! A Church acting like a bank would be picked up by the Tax office fairly quickly…

    4. ?? says:

      Anonymous (the first) – we just don’t think like this, it woulnd’t enter our heads!! We deal righteously and dodging the law isn’t our way of life, it would not be an option for us to act this way.

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