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8 Sept 2021

How The Hillsong Church Tax Scam Works

The Hillsong Church harvests funds from all Australian taxpayers to benefit the church directors and expand their corporate interests.

Hillsong has combined two revenue-raising tools - tithing and ATO 'Deductible Gift Recipients' (DGRs). By combining the two, Hillsong uses the taxation revenue of atheists and other beliefs to benefit the Hillsong Church. We'll show you how they do it.

Tithing

Originally a tithe was 10% of a person's food production bought into the 'storehouse' to ensure 'blessings'.  Today there is a phone app, the tithe is cash or property and the storehouse has become Hillsong.
 
Tithing

Tax Deductible Charities 

Hillsong has a long list of charities and foundations with tax-deductibility for amounts over $2. 


How The Scam Works

This is just an example not necessarily fact: Say Prime Minister Scott Morrison was donating an annual tithe to Hillsong or one of its entities? Scott is on $549,925 a year and 10% of that is $54,992. Scott may want the blessings and to keep the cash, so his accountant lists the tithe as a gift or donation. Now it's deducted from Scott's taxable income reducing his tax bill. Hillsong got $54k but where did it come from? It came from the entire Australian tax base.

You have to hand it to Hillsong, and their founding Pentecostals, who were able to convince their congregations to incorporate an ancient agrarian village custom into 21st century business practice.
 
This scam operates at all levels of Australian government and business. Pentecostals and their descendants are often in management roles, although they appear to have mixed allegiances and average management skills. 
 
With an outlook rooted in dogma, superstition and illogical thinking, they often preside over strategic and economic disasters. 
Think of Scott Morrison failing to act on the Port of Darwin sale to Communist China, although Scott claims to be pro-free market capitalism?

Hillsong Foundation

Understanding how the 'keys to the storehouse' system works reveals interesting truths about Australian government. It explains why so many ultra conservative religious people (nearly all men) are in government and why government policy is heavily distorted towards ancient belief systems.

We found it hard to comprehend 'what is the payoff for a religious politician who pays 33 to 40% income tax plus another 10% tithe to their church'? Naturally, most would tax-deduct the donations and in return they are assured of the evangelical vote. It's a business arrangement and nothing more.
That is the 'blessing'. Self-serving pastors convince their congregations to vote for ultra conservative politicians who then protect and increase the church income stream.
 
This system has worked at all levels of Australian government. Its hard to know if this system is a product of early childhood indoctrination or is fraud. The total amounts are astronomical. No reporting of how tax deductible gifts are used by churches is required. When added to the cost of a failed 20 year religious war, it's no wonder Australia can only survive on fossil fuels and exports to Communist China. As Hillsong got richer Australia went deeper into debt.
 

Science Versus Religion

This is the battle of the times. During the pandemic, clergymen did not shut down hospitals but doctors shut down churches. Science is winning. We are functioning in an ever more complex world. Seeing religious zealots manipulate technology invented by science, to further religious superstition is pathetic. 
 
The ad-hoc theocracy set-up by the religious tax deductibility scam and incompetent theology-based politicians is bankrupting Australia.
The evangelical vote creates unearned wealth for churches and debt forthe nation.

Hillsong Is A Corporation
According to ASIC  "Mr Houston, 67, stepped down as company director on August 17". If the Australian financial regulator regards Hillsong as a 'company' why are they tax-free?

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