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Italian Catholic Church under pressure to start paying property tax

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Landlords: The Italian Catholic Church is said to own 20 per cent of properties across the country, including The Duomo in Florence

Italy's Catholic Church has shifted gears and shown a willingness to revisit its tax-exempt status amid renewed criticism that much of its vast real estate holdings isn't subject to local property taxes. The criticism has grown recently since Premier Mario Monti's proposal to restore a property tax on first and second homes as part of his sweeping austerity measures to help rein in Italy's debt. With citizens being asked to make sacrifices, the church is coming under fire to do its part and give up what some consider an unfair privilege.




Last Updated on Sunday, 11 December 2011 17:20

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