Tithing: Before or After Taxes?

First, let me apologize for neglecting this blog yet again.  The semester is going in full swing, not to mention I’m busy with a house search.  Please keep me in prayer on both fronts.  I’ll try to update here as often as I can.  In fact, I’m going to try and incorporate what I’m learning into what I write here.

By the way, I’ve been privy to a debate recently about tithing.  The question is this: are we supposed to tithe to the church based upon what we make before taxes or after?  Yes, this is not a major theological issue.  However, this is an important and practical subject in the Christian life.

So I’m throwing the question to my readers.  I have my own opinions on the matter, but I want to hear from my fellow Christians who read this blog.  Give your opinion and then give your reasons for having that position.  I look forward to your responses.

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6 Responses to Tithing: Before or After Taxes?

  1. Kim says:

    Though I’m probably the worst authority on this, my understanding has always been 10% of gross, not net – given willingly and without attempts to find “deductions” or loopholes. If tax withholding counts to reduce your “tith-able” income, why not the unexpected car repair or Christmas budget? Not saying there are never justified reasons to give a lesser amount, but that I would imagine the intended goal would be estimated with gross income even if it’s not feasible every month.

  2. Valerie says:

    you’re supposed to base how much you tip on before taxes are added at restaurants. maybe it’s the same with tithing!

    okay I totally wasn’t serious there.

    I would say it depends on how much you can give; however, I have also been told that however much you give to others, God will bless you in return. If you trust Him enough to give more, He will surely bless you more.

    or something. =P

  3. Hollie says:

    I understand that God asks that we give Him the firstfruits of our income. To me that means what we make first before any other deductions come out. Which in turn means before taxes. I also don’t think a person should give their money back to God expecting blessings, tax deductions, etc. We ougt to give to our Lord cheerfully out of obedience. Remember, everything we have is His.

  4. Raina says:

    Hi, Josh.
    The way I’ve always done is is before taxes. I read in the Bible (somewhere) where it said that God wanted the first of the crops, sheep, whatever. So I took it to mean to give to God before giving to the government. So we tithe before taxes.
    I do, however, think that it’s not a salvation issue. If I saw that someone else wasn’t doing as I am doing, I wouldn’t say a thing about it. I’m not about to be anybody’s Holy Spirit; I’ve got enough work to do on myself! lol.

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  6. I’ve talked with my pastor about this and he of course always says that the bible says 10% of your firstfruits (as Hollie stated above) – but he said that God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7) – so I truly believe that if your heart is right with God and God knows you give of your income cheerfully, then you will be blessed.

    Also, I’ve always been asked that question “Would you like gross blessings, or net blessings?” 🙂

    Great discussion, Josh.

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