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I have elsewhere voiced my opinion that under the regime of George W. Bush it made sense to conduct one's business as a christian church. The tax benefits alone are substantial. More importantly, your self declared religious enterprise is entitled to numerous exemptions from otherwise onerous public laws
Indeed, careful tax planning mandates at least two for profit corporations, one accounting on a cash basis, one on an accrual basis, as well as a non profit charitable/educational foundation, and, of course, a church. Alas, not everyone has a taste for stepping up to the altar, so to speak, and I have really only found one enthusiastic practitioner of this program, namely me. Happily, the latest jurisprudence generated by the intersection of health care policy and religious zealotry promises to extend to the simple but pious layman some of the aforementioned exemptions from laws of general application. Thus, the injunctive relief just granted to several Catholic business owners, who balked at providing contraception to the
daughters of satan women in their employ. If, reasoned the judge, the state's interest in mandating contraceptive coverage was waivable for a church, how important can it be? You still can't avoid property taxes, provide a parsonage free of imputation to the cleric of income, nor escape the FICA burden, without proclaiming your religious purpose, but at least you needn't enable those sluts female employees in their licentiousness, if God tells you not to.