Va. Senate Backs Expansion Of Religious Tax Exemption

Law360, New York (February 21, 2014, 5:57 PM EST) -- The Virginia Senate on Thursday passed legislation that would expand the scope of the state's property tax exemption for religious organizations to include property that is used primarily but not exclusively for church services.

The Senate voted 40-0 in favor of the bill which is aimed at churches and other religious bodies that use outdoor lots to hold services. Currently, religious organizations can only claim an exemption for personal property used exclusively for worship or as the primary residences of clergy.

The bill would exempt from...
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