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Court rules parish rectory isn’t exempt from property tax

June 04, 2015

A state tax court has approved a county assessor’s decision to levy property tax on a parish rectory in Astoria, Oregon, according to Forbes.

“Although [Father John] Tran does write sermons and homilies at the rectory, those duties do not require close physical proximity to the church,” the Oregon Tax Court ruled. “Tran could prepare those messages anywhere in Astoria, including the church, where he has at least one office. The other uses of the rectory have no direct connection to the church; they certainly do not require a rectory in close proximity to the church.”


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