Church fights property taxes for bookstore, cafe

11:10 AM, Nov 24, 2012   |    comments
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Court of Appeals is considering whether a bookstore and a cafe within a tax-exempted church should be subject to property taxes.

Advocates for a Nashville church argued in the state appeals court that a gym, a bookstore and a cafe on its property "fit the spiritual needs of a congregation," and shouldn't be taxed.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/TgLD4Y ) that the dispute involving Christ Church on Old Hickory Boulevard started in 2007 and made its way to the appeals court this month, where a court ruling is pending.

A lower court has ruled in favor of the Tennessee State Board of Equalization, the state's tax exemption authority, which is asking the church to pay $425,000 in taxes on the facilities on the 40-acre church property.

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