Tithing and Taxes

By Tina L. Spears

Life is full of questions and many of them surround our finances. For instance, there is a great debate regarding whether one should tithe on their income tax check. The argument could be made that money received in the form of a refund (in the life of a committed tither) are those that the person has already given a tithe. Some may argue that it is considered an increase and therefore, falls under the banner of that which should have one-tenth taken and given. Vacillating between two opinions can lead to carnal confusion so I answer these questions by revealing what the Word of God says:

Honoring God with a tithe teaches one the habit of putting God first (Deuteronomy 14:23); and in so doing, acknowledges that it nor anything else I believe is “mine” is actually “mine” to withhold (Leviticus 27:30).

Tithing is an indicator of faithfulness to God (2 Chronicles 31:12) and we honor God when we tithe (Proverbs 3:9).

Tithing ensures that God’s house does not lack for anything rather, it has everything it needs to be maintained and to grow (Malachi 3:10).

Tithing teaches the biblical principle of sowing and reaping (2 Corinthians 9:6) but moreover, reveals the condition of one’s heart (Luke 12:34).

We are taught that God requires one-tenth of our increase: “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” (Malachi 3:9-10)

So, should one tithe on their income tax refund check or should one tithe on their gross or net income? I am of the belief that the answer lies in the heart of the person as they understand that we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Praying that both our treasures and our hearts be in the Lord’s House for His Kingdom Work!