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Message Subject Catholic Church to be TAXED in Italy
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Italy court blocks Church property tax 10/9/2012
[link to www.timesofmalta.com]
Italy’s Council of State rejected a decree yesterday aimed at ending an historic tax exemption for the Catholic Church, reigniting a heated debate which is being closely followed by EU watchdogs.

In February, the government amended Italy’s property tax law to end the Church’s privileges amid rising calls for the Vatican to share in debt crisis sacrifices and in the face of intense scrutiny from the European Commission.

But the Council of State, Italy’s highest ranking court for administrative litigation, said on Monday it was rejecting the decree for being “too heterogeneous” and going “beyond the competences” of a tax law.

Italy Will Not Tax Church Property
[link to www.therightperspective.org] 10/10/2012
Italy’s highest court threw out a historic decree on Monday, ending the tax exempt status of property owned by the Catholic Church.

Rising calls from the European Commission and secular activists for the Vatican to share in Italy’s spiraling debt crisis forced the Italian government to amended the country’s property tax law last March, ending the Church’s tax-exempt privileges.
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