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Catholic Church to be TAXED in Italy
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 11705783:MV8yMDE2NDA5XzMzODkwNTc5XzkxNzMyNjBC] [b]http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message1222810/pg1[/b] 10/15/2010 [quote:Anonymous Coward 1130265:MV8xMjIyODEwXzVGREM3MUVG] Tax investigation could land Pope with €8bn bill European Commission to investigate exemption allowing the Vatican to avoid paying £2bn a year levy on 100,000 properties http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/tax-investigation-could-land-pope-with-83648bn-bill-2106113.html[/quote] [b]http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message1726278/pg1[/b] 12/11/2011 [quote:Dzontra Volta:MV8xNzI2Mjc4XzI4NTY5OTk0XzEyNUM1NEQz] The Catholic Church should pay tax on commercial property it owns in Italy, an Italian government minister was quoted yesterday as saying amid rising calls for the Vatican to share in debt crisis sacrifices. “The Church should pay the IMU for commercial activities,” said Cooperation and Integration Minister [color=darkred]Andrea Riccardi[/color], who is also the founder of the influential Catholic [color=darkred]Community Sant’Egidio[/color], Italian newspapers reported. http://secular-europe-campaign.org/2011/12/italy-minister-backs-tax-on-church-property/[/quote] [b]http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message1786853/pg1[/b] 2/18/2012 [quote:fagmann&fagmann:MV8xNzg2ODUzXzM3QTZGQjE0] End of controversial property tax breaks leaves the Pope facing €600m-a-year bill After several years of scandal in which the Catholic Church has faced allegations of financial impropriety, paedophile priests and rumours of plots to kill the Pope, the Vatican is now facing a new €600m-a-year tax bill as Rome seeks to head off European Commission censure over controversial property tax breaks enjoyed by the Church. As the EC heads closer to officially condemning the fiscal perks enjoyed by the Catholic Church and introduced by the Berlusconi administration, Prime Minister Mario Monti has written to the Competition Commissioner, Joaquin Almunia, saying that the Vatican will resume property tax, or Ici, payments. Mr Almunia said in 2010 that the exemption amounted to state aid that might breach EU competition law. A parliamentary proposal by the Italian Radicals party last August to repeal the exemption, with a successful petition on Facebook, upped the pressure. A spokesman for Mr Almunia appeared to give the thumbs-up yesterday: "It is a proposal that constitutes a significant progress on the issue and I hope will be implemented," he said. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/vatican-told-to-pay-taxes-as-italy-tackles-budget-crisis-6988938.html[/quote] [b]http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message1988939/pg1[/b] 9/14/2012 [quote:waht:MV8xOTg4OTM5XzVBM0VDOUY4] For centuries, the church has enjoyed tax breaks and special privileges that have helped them become the ridiculously wealthy organization they are today. But as Europe's nations, cities, towns, and the general public struggle through the economic downturn, more and more people have called for an end to the special treatment. To be clear, the taxes would not be levied on actual Churches, but rather, on their vast property holdings and commercial businesses. In effect, anything the church owns or operates that constitutes a "non-religious" purpose, reports the Washington Post. The revenue generated would be substantial, one estimate putting the taxation figure at roughly 3 billion euros ($4 billion) just in Spain. Aside from Spain, Italy, Ireland, and Britain have also begun efforts to tap into the Church's piggy bank, or simply stop putting money into it. New laws have mostly been on the municipal, city, and town wide level like in Spain's coastal city of Buenavista del Norte, where the mayor is trying to collect 6,000 euros ($7,850) from the church for a banana farm and rental villa they own. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/movement-to-tax-church-gains-momentum-2012-9#ixzz26TDLEPZ9 [/quote] [b]http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message2001606/pg1[/b] 9/27/2012 [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mamkNadrJfI[/youtube] [/quote]
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(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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