ALL people try to pay the LEAST taxes they can manage. Otherwise,they would not itemize,they would not claim dependents,they would just add up their income,look up the total on the chart,and pay the full amount. Plus,government has FAR more overhead than any church. Most churches rely on volunteers to do many tasks,while FEDGOV hires employees and pays them great benefits. Then the overpaid FEDGOV employees are wasteful,because it's not their money.