What is a tithe?

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-17-2007
What is a tithe?
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Tue, 06-02-2009 - 11:40am

Some of the above debate has reminded me of a discussion around here, locally- involving tithing. Specifically, how does one determine the 10% to donate? Is it 10% of gross? 10% of AGI? 10% of net? 10% of what you have left after would have paid your "regular bills" (eg house, utilities, food and health insurance, but before savings, vacation, hair, makeup.....)) - aka "discretionary income"?

I was surprised by several people's answers.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-17-2007
Tue, 06-02-2009 - 11:44am
I have always maintained that a true tithe is 10% of gross income - including salaries, investment earnings, interest income, capital gains less losses...... Basically the amount shown on ones taxes. It doesn't include property value increase or stock value increases - unless one has sold them at a profit (thus needing to pay capital gains taxes)
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-23-2009
Tue, 06-02-2009 - 12:21pm
10% percent of gross.
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-02-2006
Tue, 06-02-2009 - 12:58pm

I attended a seminar once on how to effectively manage your money and how to reduce debt.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-09-2009
Tue, 06-02-2009 - 1:03pm
10% of everything.....right off the top.

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Ducky

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-07-2009
Tue, 06-02-2009 - 5:48pm
I think the true definition is 10% off the top (gross).
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-15-2006
Tue, 06-02-2009 - 7:51pm
the only time i hear the 10% tithing is when our priest weaves it into

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-07-2003
Tue, 06-02-2009 - 8:27pm
10% of gross income.
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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-17-2007
Tue, 06-02-2009 - 9:30pm
Wow, I think we have a consensus!
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-09-2009
Tue, 06-02-2009 - 11:56pm
Yep!

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-09-2009
Wed, 06-03-2009 - 12:07pm

I'm not LDS, and I don't know what their belief system is concerning tithing and giving, but for my family, it's important that we do both, tithe and

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Ducky

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