Creationist Ken Ham just got his a** handed to him and he only has himself to blame.
Greed is one of the seven deadly sins, and it cost Ham $18 million.
In order to improve safety by updating the police and fire departments to handle the number of people visiting the Ark Encounter theme park, the city council of Williamstown levied a 50 cent tax on every $40 ticket the park sells in an effort to raise $700,000.
Ham personally objected to the tax and tried to claim that the Ark park is a non-profit business. Except that it isn’t.
In fact, Ham lobbied for a massive tax deal by classifying his Ark park as a for-profit business, which is not exempt from paying taxes.
But Ham sought to evade the tax by using a very shady trick. He sold his park and the land around it to his own non-profit religious organization for $10 so he can claim a religious exemption.
Keep in mind, Ham did this over paying a mere 50 cents per $40 ticket.
And that action is now costing him a fortune.
The Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet has sent Ham a letter informing him that he “is in breach of its Tourism Development Agreement.”
We believe that your client is aware that they may not be eligible for state tax incentives if the Ark Project is owned by a non-profit legal entity. Answers in Genesis, the parent company of Crosswater Canyon, Inc., and Ark Encounter, LLC clearly states on its website: ‘The for-profit LLC structure also allows the Ark Encounter to be eligible for various economic development incentives that would not have been available with a non-profit structure.’”
In short, Ham screwed himself out of $18 million in order to avoid paying $700,000.
He also perfectly demonstrated why religious tax exemptions should no longer exist.
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