Don't file as a tax-exempt organization.
The bulk of taxes churches avoid are local property taxes. But, to avoid federal taxes, the best thing would be for a pastor to file as a business. Then they have exemptions they can use and loopholes. Tithes are then calculated as income, as they should be in my opinion. Of course, as we all know about consequences, no one could deduct their tithes from their personal taxes either in that case.
The large top-down religious groups, Catholics, Lutherans, etc... would have a hard time doing this. And, one of the main reasons this all happened was so Catholic and Lutheran Churches could afford to build their large Cathedrals.
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