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…

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 centres – could reach 25.5 million euros a year…

The measure came after the country’s leadership decided in February to alter Italy’s property tax code, ending the Church’s longstanding privileges due to the severe debt crisis.

Last December, after new austerity measures were adopted in the country, 130,000 Italians signed an online petition urging the government to strip the Church of its tax exemption.

“It was time that they paid, too, with all the exemptions they’ve had throughout the years,” Marco Catalano, a 35-year-old shopkeeper in Rome, told the New York Times in February, adding that he goes to church twice a month. “They own the most beautiful buildings in downtown Rome, on Italian soil, and rent them out at market prices…

Overdue. Not only in Italy. Not only regarding the Catholic Church.

Living in a nation with a constitution requiring separation of church and state, it is truly absurd that we still don’t collect property taxes, business taxes on the money-making, profit-generating properties owned by religious institutions.

  1. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    On only a slight tangent:

    Funny–they make a distinction between modern frauds and long standing ones….. and they make good waffles too.

  2. Glenn E. says:

    Reading this, I can’t help but wonder. If and when it happens, what will so many tax dodging “religious” organizations and enterprises, start calling themselves, in order to keep avoiding taxes. And surely Govt.s will give them an out or a loop hole. Maybe the Cruise Cult will declare itself a separate sovereign nation, instead of a “church”. To keep its tax exempt stasis. Or at the very least, a foreign corporation, based in the Virgin Islands. Or CSA, Church of Swiss (Bank) Accounts. There’s always going to be some dodges, built in, by those who got lobbied or bribed to engineer it that way. In fact that’s probably what takes up most of their day. Figuring out the loopholes. You know think these things happen by accident, do you?

  3. Jesus Chirst says:

    I just want to go on record saying I am all for paying my fair share. I know some of my “followers” talk all kinds of non-sense, but I am a socialist, just check out my quotes in my book, The Bible.

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