Can a For-Profit Corporation Claim a Religious Objection?

It has long been recognized in the United States that an individual can, under certain circumstances, claim religious exemptions to certain laws because of a religious objection. This basic principle, based on the First Amendment’s Free Exercise clause, has also been extended to religious non-profit organizations, like churches and schools or charities run by religious institutions. However, in recent years a new question has come up: can a for-profit company claim a religious objection to a law, even when they’re not officially recognized as a religious organization? Continue reading “Can a For-Profit Corporation Claim a Religious Objection?”

Applying for Sales Tax Exemption as a Not-for-profit Organization in New York

Many religious and charitable organizations across the state of New York are able to apply for a special, sales tax exempt status. Sales tax exempt status allow purchasers within the organizations to make tax-free purchases that would otherwise be subject to New York State sales tax. In order to utilize this unique feature, one must obtain a sales tax exemption certificate issued by the New York State Tax Department and present the said certificate at the time of purchase. Continue reading “Applying for Sales Tax Exemption as a Not-for-profit Organization in New York”

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