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8 Sept 2021

How The Hillsong Church Tax Scam Works

The 'Christian vote' is really a financial arrangement between self-serving pastors and self-serving politicians.  

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 also 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 the founding Pentecostals, who convinced their followers to incorporate an ancient village custom into the current tax system. Using everybody else to fund delusion is a crime in our view.
 
This scam operates at all levels of Australian government and business. Pentecostals and their descendants are often in management roles, although they have mixed allegiances and average to poor management skills. 
 
With an outlook rooted in dogma, superstition and illogical thinking, they often preside over strategic and economic disasters. 
Think of Scott Morrison's Robodebt and failing to act on the Port of Darwin 99 year lease to Communist China.

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 self-serving conservative politicians who then protect and grow the church income stream.
 

A nation crippled by systematic fraud

This system has worked at all levels of Australian government. The system depends on early childhood indoctrination also called 'brainwashing'. 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 further 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 for the 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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