Nome may end church sales tax exemptions

If this Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International was in Nome, Alaska, instead of Los Angeles, California, it may have to pay sales taxes. (Getty Images)
If this Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International was in Nome, Alaska, instead of Los Angeles, California, it may have to pay sales taxes. (Getty Images)
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Updated: 9/02 3:51 pm

NOME, Alaska (AP) — The Nome City Council is taking a hard look at taking away sales tax exemptions for churches and other nonprofit organizations to collect more revenue.

KNOM reports the council last week considered charging sales tax for items that are now exempt, like banking, used car sales over $1,500 or medical services.

But some member found those would be difficult sales to track, and it would be easier to remove the exemptions for houses of worship and more than 40 organizations, like the regional nonprofit Kawerak Inc.

Officials estimated stripping these exemptions would bring in about $800,000 for city coffers.

No final decisions are expected for weeks or months as the council looks for ways to increase revenue.

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Information from: KNOM-AM, http://www.knom.org

 

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