Sunday, October 14, 2012
After decades of priest pedophile scandals, Papal attacks on gay rights and the continued marginalization of women, the Catholic Church in Italy will be forced to pay property taxes starting in 2013 after the EU pressured the country 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.
Increased revenue in Italy could 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, according to La Repubblica newspaper.
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.
Take that, Pope RatNAZI.