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Catholic Church to be TAXED in Italy
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 11705783:MV8yMDE2NDA5XzMzODg5NzAxXzkzMDU4QUFB] [b]The Yearly Cost of Religious Tax Exemptions [in America]: $71,000,000,000[/b] http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2012/06/16/the-yearly-cost-of-religious-tax-exemptions-71000000000/ 6/16/2012 We know churches get tax exemptions, but how much money does that actually come out to? University of Tampa professor Ryan T. Cragun along with students Stephanie Yeager and Desmond Vega ran some calculations and figured out a number: While some people may be bothered by the fact that there are pastors who live in multimillion dollar homes, this is old news to most. But here is what should bother you about these expensive homes: You are helping to pay for them! You pay for them indirectly, the same way local, state, and federal governments in the United States subsidize religion — to the tune of about $71 billion every year. [/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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