Introduction: God and the IRS: Accommodating Religious Practice in United States Tax Law
Samuel D. Brunson, God and the IRS: Accommodating Religious Practice in United States Tax Law (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018), 1-6.
7 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2018
Date Written: April 16, 2018
Seventy-five percent of Americans claim religious affiliation, which can impact their taxpaying responsibilities. In this illuminating book, Samuel D. Brunson describes the many problems and breakdowns that can occur when tax meets religion in the United States, and shows how the US government has too often responded to these issues in an unprincipled, ad hoc manner. God and the IRS offers a better framework to understand tax and religion. It should be read by scholars of religion and the law, policymakers, and individuals interested in understanding the implications of taxation on their religious practices.
Keywords: accommodation, income tax, religious taxpayers, parsonage allowance, framework, first amendment, establishment clause, free exercise clause, mortgage interest deduction, tax protestor
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