Against Trump’s Promises, GOP Won’t Include Johnson Amendment Repeal in Tax Bill

Dec 15, 2017

By Hemant Mehta

While the Republican Party’s tax scam continues being “worked” on, there’s always hope that a couple of GOP senators will come to their senses (like the entire Democratic delegation) and stop this monstrosity that benefits the wealthy at the expense of millions of Americans. But thanks to their incompetence, two wrongs might make a right.

One of the perks of this bill for the Religious Right was going to be the ability for pastors to endorse candidates from the pulpit without fearing the loss of their churches’ tax exemptions. This was better known as the repeal of the Johnson Amendment, and it was something Donald Trump had been promising them for years. He even said at a prayer breakfast in February that he would “get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment.” Then, months later, he signed an executive order purporting to do just that… even though it did no such thing.

To be sure, you could count on a single hand the number of churches whose tax exemptions have been revoked by the IRS over the past decade — and that’s after a horrible accident. The IRS just never acted on these violations even when baited by the Religious Right. But Congress was determined to make sure the IRS couldn’t take action even if they wanted to.

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One comment on “Against Trump’s Promises, GOP Won’t Include Johnson Amendment Repeal in Tax Bill”

  • @OP- While the Republican Party’s tax scam continues being “worked” on,
    there’s always hope that a couple of GOP senators will come to their senses (like the entire Democratic delegation) and stop this monstrosity that benefits the wealthy at the expense of millions of Americans.
    But thanks to their incompetence, two wrongs might make a right.

    There is however, some success in in cutting back tax perks for the wealthy in Scotland!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-42472775

    Trump Turnberry will no longer get business rates relief

    A Scottish golf resort owned by US President Donald Trump will no longer qualify for a controversial tax break.

    A change in the Scottish government’s recent budget will remove Trump Turnberry in South Ayrshire from a business rates relief scheme.

    The Sunday Herald revealed the resort is now above the cut-off point with a rateable value of £1,650,000.

    Scotland’s finance secretary Derek Mackay introduced measures in February to help hospitality businesses.

    The move was in response to growing pressure to intervene to help struggling restaurants and hotels cope with the first revaluation of the rateable value of businesses since 2010.

    Mr Mackay faced calls to reform the transitional business rates relief scheme after it emerged in August that Trump Turnberry had benefited by £109,530 for 2017/18.

    In response to a wider review of the business rates system, Mr Mackay announced in September that the transitional scheme would continue next year for “all but the very largest hospitality properties”.

    Documents published alongside the draft Scottish budget earlier this month state it will only apply for hospitality properties with a rateable value up to £1.5m.

    According to the Scottish Assessors Association website, Trump Turnberry is now above the cut-off point with a rateable value of £1,650,000.

    His other Scottish golf course, on the Menie estate in Aberdeenshire, did not qualify for relief because it is defined as a golf course rather than a hotel.



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