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Catholic Church to be TAXED in Italy
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 11705783:MV8yMDE2NDA5XzMzODg5MzI4X0RGRTZGODUw] http://blogs.christianpost.com/time-for-everything/when-christians-supported-taxation-of-the-church-12432/ 10/10/2012 Recent court cases have been filed to challenge the tax-exempt status of clergy housing allowances in America and property taxes in Italy. According to ANSA, the Italian news agency, "The EU holds that tax breaks received by the Catholic Church could be considered illegal state financial aid." If the European Court rules requires the Catholic Church in Italy to pay these property taxes, similar arguments may appear in the American courts. [/quote]
link to rt.com
(So much for the idea that the Catholic church controls everything--It's the "International Bankers" who are determined to destroy Christianity. Then they'll use the formerly Christian nations to destroy Islam.)
Italy’s Catholic Church will be forced to pay taxes starting in 2013 after the EU pressured the country’s government to pass a controversial law stripping the Church of its historic property tax exemption.
The Catholic Church in Italy is excluded from paying taxes on its land if at least a part of a Church property is used non-commercially – for instance, a chapel in a bed-and-breakfast.
"The regulatory framework will be definite by January 1, 2013 – the start of the fiscal year – and will fully respect the [European] Community law," Italian premier Mario Monti's government said in a statement on Tuesday.
The move could net Italy revenues of 500 million to 2 billion euros annually across the country, municipal government associations said. The extra income from previously exempt properties in Rome alone – including hotels, restaurants and sports centers – could reach 25.5 million euros a year, La Repubblica daily newspaper reported.
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