Monti previews amendment to Church property-tax law
Measure would 'repeal exemption'24 February, 20:02
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.