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Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions

Brian Albers

According to one report, the LDS Church’s financial holdings are in the hundreds of billions of dollars. And that raises the question: When is a church less about spirit and more about profit?

Of course, many churches have reserves of wealth and property. And many manage to twin the motives of profit and spirit. But, regardless of their balance sheets, all churches enjoy the advantage of being tax exempt. Today on the show, we’re asking if that should always be the case, especially when a church has hundreds of billions in investments and owns nearly two percent of Florida. We’ll explore the history of tax exemption for churches and ask how that has shaped their behavior today.


  • Chad Pomeroy | Professor of Law at St. Mary’s University School of Law. 
  • Sam Brunson | Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago and contributor to the blog By Common Consent.

Airdate: Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 9 a.m. and Saturday March 9 at 11 a.m.