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Law on Church Organization (Trusts, Property tax, etc.)

Case Notes

These notes deal with issues important in church organization (incorporation, trust, property tax exemption, 501(c)(3) tax exemption, etc.). These matters should be important to churches who wish to remain non-legal entities in accordance with New Testament Doctrine. There is a lot of misinformation being spread by pseudo-lawyers and self-proclaimed legal analysts, paralegals, etc. concerning church organization. Hopefully, these articles, which, in the main, will just quote from court holdings, will clear up some of the misinformation for those who are interested in serious consideration of how to organize and operate a church according to the principles of the New Testament. These notes are being added starting August 10, 2017. A lot of my prior writings have dealt with legal issues. These notes will consist mainly of quotes from court cases on important church issues.

I. Case Notes (081017). Click here to go to article which looks at 2 cases:

1. KOPSOMBUT-MYINT BUDDHIST CENTER, v. STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION, 728 S.W. 2d 327 (1986)(Two members of a Buddhist organization formed a joint venture and bought property for a Buddhist organization. They requested a property tax exemption. The appeals court, among other things, implied that an oral “trust” was created and explained the effect of that as to state church property tax law.)
2. Excerpts from PARSHALL CHRISTIAN ORDER v. BOARD OF REVIEW, COUNTY OF MARION, 315 N.W.2d 798 (1982)(Family bought land and asserted claimed property tax exemption as a “religious institution or society.” The court explained, in some detail, what constitutes a “religious society.” The court’s reasoning was very good.)

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