Last updated on: 7/29/2016 6:50:24 PM PST | Author: ProCon.org

Juan Zaragoza Biography

Title:
Secretary of the Treasury for Puerto Rico
Position:
Con to the question "Should Churches (Defined as Churches, Temples, Mosques, Synagogues, etc.) Remain Tax-Exempt?"
Reasoning:

“The problem is that there are churches that are family businesses and where people are making a profit. You can have a church for profit, like any other, just like a shoe store. You can operate a church as a for-profit entity, and every year you should file returns with your profits and pay. These organizations think that by just registering as a non-profit organization they gain (automatic) rights to tax exemptions. They get incorporated and begin operations without ever requesting tax exemptions. They have spent years not paying taxes. Now they have to make retroactive payments.”

Jack Jenkins, “Puerto Rico Is Cracking Down on Tax-Exempt Status for Churches,” thinkprogress.com, Apr. 29, 2016

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Secretary of the Treasury, Puerto Rico, Oct. 2014-present
  • Co-founder and Managing Partner, Zaragoza & Alvarado
  • Certified public accountant
Education:
  • None found
Contact Info:
Phone
787-622-0123, Department of Treasury (Puerto Rico)
Email
None found
Website
hacienda.pr.gov
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
Should Churches (Defined as Churches, Temples, Mosques, Synagogues, etc.) Remain Tax-Exempt? – Pro & Con Quotes