The Causes and History of Church Property Tax-Exemption
A podcast interview with Frank Sommerville reveals the long, world history of religious exemption.
The Causes and History of Church Property Tax-Exemption

Why are churches exempt from property taxes? When was this decided in the United States and by whom? What is the history of tax-exemption behind the decision?

Frank Sommerville, an attorney, CPA, and editorial advisor for Church Law & Tax, discusses the answers to those questions and more in this interview with World News Group, a Christian weekly news and commentary provider.

The podcast recording of the interview addresses the history of property tax-exemption status for churches. Listen to Frank Sommerville discuss the history of church tax-exemptions dating back to biblical times and address the Egyptian and Jewish practices for religious tax-exemptions. Hear audio from the Supreme Court of the United States case that established the churches’ current tax-exempt status in 1969.

To listen to the audio recording, follow this SoundCloud link here.

Elizabeth Jackson is the editorial intern for the Church Law & Tax Team.

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