If you were a small business owner, and could have your vendors either be all atheists or all religious.?
Topic: Insula research
June 17, 2019 / By Clarence Question:
I'm speaking about the morality level of both groups, or rather a pure example of both. A solid, steadfast version of a religious person with all perceived moral standards applied, or an atheist group of people, where you don't have any perceived standards, but a mix of good and bad individuals. Also, lets say for simplicity that your business, doesn't do anything on the weekend, just M-F.
I'm trying to get to the relevancy of religion in society on a social level. I think that all Americans benefit from the behavior of active, true religious people whether you are an atheist or not.
the terrorists of 9/11, I don't believe are mainstream muslims. Also, humans are subject to error when interpreting things, but it should not reflect on the religion itself
Best Answers: If you were a small business owner, and could have your vendors either be all atheists or all religious.?
Amminadab | 4 days ago
Research shows that the reason humans struggle with emotion to find equitable solutions is pinpointed the region of the brain called the insular cortex, or insula, which is also the seat of emotional reactions.
The fact that the brain has such a robust response to unfairness shows that sensing unfairness is a basic evolved capacity.
The emotional response to unfairness pushes people from extreme inequity and drives them to be fair. This observation shows our basic impulse to be fair isn't a complicated thing that we learn.
It therefore fully illustrates that all humans have morals controlled by the brain and that Christians are entirely wrong to try and claim morals as their own!!!!
But christians manage to subvert that!!
Government statistics show that christians are vastly over represented in prisons for sexual, violent and fraudulent crime!!
The Catholic church is paying millions in compensation for the sex/pedophile crimes of their priests alone!!
Christians are vastly over represented in the divorce courts!!
Christians invented the concept of sin and then the idea that you could sin, ask forgiveness, get pardoned and start with a clean sheet!!
So no surprise that they are so expert at it is it?!!!
So you would be much better off with atheists!!
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Originally Answered: Tax Writeoff for Small Business Owner?
Paying employees is a business expense. You can deduct their salary payments as well as the portion you pay for the employees' social security and medicare tax. Unemployment tax is also deductible. By the way, if you're going to have employees you will also have to file employment tax returns (Forms 940 and 941).
Materials that go into the product are deductible only when the product is sold. If you are manufacturing products for sale, you will have inventory.
Based upon the information you have provided and the questions you are asking, it seems that you may be in a bit over your head. If you do start the business, please also begin a relationship with a CPA or enrolled agent to keep up with these issues for you.
Religion definitely has a moral effect. Unfortunately it is not universal or predictable. Religion often places religious priorities over secular ones. As a result, what may be a secular business priority or value may be ignored or even undermined by a religious person. Infidels may even be regarded as unimportant or intrinsically evil, and that could potentially wreck havoc on your business.
With atheists, there are no preconceptions. Some may be in it just for themselves, but they know that there isn't a god to protect them from the consequences of their actions. And many atheists recognize the value of cooperative interdependence.
So I would likely not discriminate, with the exception of obviously pietistical people, the kind who can't stop framing everything in religious terms, and who put irrelevant religious symbols on their signs and literature. They are obviously perverting religion for business purposes. Those would seem to be the least trustworthy.
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I think that all Americans benefit from the behavior of moral, ethical behavior.
I do not believe that you find a higher proportion of said behavior from "religious" folk than from atheists. I know for a fact that there are good upstanding religious people who contribute immensely to our society, and there are plenty of selfish, dishonest scumbuckets who attend church regularly. Likewise you will find honest, loving, highly moral atheists along with a few bad apples. People are people, their religious beliefs don't change their core approach.
Therefore, as a small business owner, I don't want religion to even be a consideration in my dealings with anyone. That is private to each person.
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You presume things that are simply not true. Religious people are not morally better than atheists. They are the run of the mill, really. Most people in prison in America are Christians.
You claim that atheists don't have standards and that's not true either.
I would like to see evidence of any claimed superiority in behavior of Christians over any other group.
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I like both. I think diversity is great, and I don't think religion really plays a part in what your morals are. I wasn't raised overly religious, and I know right from wrong. I've met atheists who gave me more respect than Christians.... so really, it's wrong to generalize either group.
But ultimately, I'd like a mix. The world is so boring without contrast.
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Originally Answered: As a business owner of a painting company can I pay for the tuition of my employee/son for a Business Major?
You have actually asked three separate questions. We assume that you are in the US.
(1) May our company pay for your son's tuition?
Yes, of course. In all states in the US, your company may use its funds for almost any purpose.
(2) May your company claim a federal income tax deduction for this payment?
Yes. Your son is working for the company, so the company has a valid business purpose for the payment.
But the BIGGEST question is . . .
(3) Must your son report the payment as ordinary income, for purposes of federal income tax.
This is the BIG question. In general, is your company gets a business deduction, then the person who received the payment must report this as ordinary income. This is the tax rule of symmetry. For example, if your company pays a salary to your son, your company gets a deduction, but your son must report the amount as income.
Note that your son is the "beneficiary" of the payment. Thus, the fact that you make the payment directly to the school does not mean that your son does not have to report the payment to the school as taxable income to himself.
There are a few limited circumstances in which the tax rule of symmetry does not apply. For example, if you company makes a gift to the Red Cross or to most universities (which are organized as tax-free organizations under IRS Sec 501(c)(3), then your company would deduct the payment as an expense (charitable deduction) but the recipient would not report it as taxable income.
In your case, the question is whether your company would deduct this payment as an expense, without your son having to report the payment as taxable income. In your case and under these facts, this non-symmetrical result does not seem possible.
If your company pays the tuition as a "gift", then your son would not report the amount as income, but your company would not receive a tax deduction.
If your company sponsored a scholarship that qualified for tax-free treatment, then the payment would not qualify if it was directed for a non-charitable purpose (i.e. to benefit the owner's son).
Please re-post with additional facts, if you would like additional information.
Hope this helps.