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Message Subject Catholic Church to be TAXED in Italy
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Thread: Vatican Investigated for Taxes 10/15/2010
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
[link to www.independent.co.uk]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1130265

Thread: Italy will tax Vatican 12/11/2011
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 Andrea Riccardi, who is also the founder of the influential Catholic Community Sant’Egidio, Italian newspapers reported.

[link to secular-europe-campaign.org]
 Quoting: Dzontra Volta

[link to www.godlikeproductions.com] 2/18/2012
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.

[link to www.independent.co.uk]
 Quoting: fagmann&fagmann

Thread: For Centuries, The Church Has Enjoyed Tax Breaks, But Now Desperate European Nations Are Considering Taxing Church Properties 9/14/2012
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: [link to www.businessinsider.com]
 Quoting: waht

Thread: German Catholics will be denied Holy Communion or a religious burial if they refuse to pay church tax 9/27/2012

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