Ariz. House Passes Bill To Expand Religious Tax Exemption

Law360, New York (February 28, 2014, 7:25 PM EST) -- The Arizona House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill to expand the state’s property tax exemption for religious or charitable organizations to property leased by the organizations for religious services.

The Arizona House voted 33 to 25 with two abstentions in favor of House Bill 2281, which reclassifies property leased to a nonprofit religious assembly or institution and primarily used for religious worship. Currently, only property owned by the religious nonprofit is exempt from state property taxes.

The bill provides that a nonprofit property owner...
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