Though the United States is theoretically built on the separation of church and state, the IRS affords religious institutions over $80 billion in tax breaks every year, letting ministers and the institutions themselves avoid income, sales, and investment taxes, among other things. Churches and the like can also avoid paying property taxes on their land and buildings, and it turns out that in NYC alone, religious institutions get an accumulative $650 million property tax break, meaning we're each spending $76 a year to subsidize religion.

I Quant NY
teamed up with a couple of data whizzes to crunch the numbers, finding that Houses of Worship alone get $476 million in abatements and exemptions. Religious schools get about $136 million in exemptions; parsonages get $19 million, "religious dormitories" pull in $11.5 million, and even the Salvation Army gets $6 million in exemptions and abatements. NYCHA received only $427 million in tax exemptions in 2015, which, as I Quant NY points out, "suggests that religious institutions have more valuable real property than our public housing stock."

Note that these exemptions add up—since the city's budget requires a total of $21.6 billion in taxes, these hefty abatements mean each New Yorker has to make up for any cash breaks.

I Quant NY also looked at how religious institutions and their respective tax breaks are spread throughout the city. Apparently South Jamaica has the most houses of worship per residents. Williamsburg and Borough Park are next, followed by Ocean and Clinton Hills. Heavily Jewish neighborhoods like Williamsburg, Borough Park, and Midwood, have the most religious schools per capita; and wealthy neighborhoods like Brooklyn Heights and the Upper East Side have the largest amounts of exemptions per resident in the city.

Anyway, seems like now's as good a time as any to open a Church of Movementarianism, provided you don't mind stealing tax money from New Yorkers who can't afford market-rate rent.