The Catholic Church in Italy to start paying taxes on all its commercial property.

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The Catholic Church owns about 100 000 properties in Italy, a third of which are commercial. Read more:

Pressure builds to tax church in Italy

Debt crises: Governing politicians like Mario Monti, Italy’s prime minister, as well as opposition lawmakers are putting pressure on the Catholic Church to start paying taxes. The Catholic Church, led by Pope Benedict XVI, owns about 100 000 properties and the tax it would pay would boost government coffers by about Euros 100 million.

Nothing may prove to be untouchable in the European debt crisis.

The Catholic Church in Italy is under pressure from governing and opposition politicians to start paying taxes on all its commercial property after Prime Minister Mario Monti asked Italians to swallow Euro 20 billion of budget cuts and pay a levy on their homes.

“The church has always been the target of harsh polemics, but the pressure has never been so high.”

The Catholic Church owns about 100 000 properties in Italy, a third of which are commercial.

Catholicism lost its status as a formal state religion in a renegotiation of the Lateran Treaty in 1984.

 

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