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Monti previews amendment to Church property-tax law

Measure would 'repeal exemption'

24 February, 20:02
Monti previews amendment to Church property-tax law (ANSA) - Rome, February 24 - The premier's office issued a note Friday on a proposed amendment that would effectively require the Catholic Church to pay taxes on non-religious property.

The measure would "repeal the rules which provide for exemption for properties where non-commercial activity is not exclusive but only prevalent," said the note.

According to Italian law, Church-owned properties including hotels are exempt from taxes so long as a portion of the building has a religious function. The drafted amendment would not affect property used exclusively for religious purposes. A law passed by the Silvio Berlusconi government in 2006 effectively exempted all Vatican property used for commercial purposes from local real-estate tax.

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