Churches face taxes under new law

TUCSON, Ariz. - A new tax law has caught churches and nonprofits by surprise. As part of the Republican's Tax Cut and Jobs Act, churches and nonprofits would be required to start paying a new tax. 

The bulk of the payments will be for transportation perks, such as parking or public transportation passes, provided to employees.

In the story originally reported by Politico, a pastor holding office hours at a church could be taxed on the parking space he uses.

The 21 percent tax could cost some churches tens of thousands of dollars.

In the past week, nearly 900 organizations have signed a petition to ask Congress to get rid of the tax.

The National Council of Nonprofits has reportedly called the tax a "train wreck," citing the muddled way the tax is supposed to work.

One legislator has introduced legislation to kill the tax.

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