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Do we tithe on the net or the gross?

Submitted: 10/8/2007
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Question: Are we suppose to tithe out of the gross or the net of our income? If we pay out of the gross, what about our tax returns or earned income credit?

Answer: Tithe is the first ten percent of our increase. A typical paycheck in America has various amounts withheld, such as federal, state, and local taxes, social security tax, medicare tax, medical insurance premiums, and the like. But the actual increase to the employee is whatever the gross amount is, not what is left after his employer pays a bunch of his bills for him. A tax refund is not subject to the tithe because the tithe has already been paid. An earned income credit would be subject to tithe if it constitutes increase to the person above his income from employment. The EIC is really simply a direct payment from the government.