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Bibles are Tax Exempt in Some States

Thomas Whitley

In preparing for my move to Florida in a few weeks I was looking for when the "Tax Holiday" would be and what would be covered. Imagine my surprise when I say this:

"...books that are always exempt, such as Bibles." Bibles are tax exempt in Florida? This is new to me. Apparently, Bibles are also tax exempt in Massachusetts, Missouri, and Texas. I have done some quick research this morning and have not been able to find much information about this, so I am turning to you.

Do you know if all "religious" books are tax exempt in these states? If not, how does this not violate the Establishment Clause of the Constitution? Any information you can provide would be helpful. Also, I will be contacting the Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty to see where they stand on this issue.