Mercoledì, 24 Ottobre 2018

Court rejects application of property tax on Church


(ANSA) - Rome, October 8 - The Catholic Church will not be
charged the recently introduced IMU property tax, Italy's top
administrative court ruled Monday.
The Council of State rejected a decree from the finance
ministry that would have applied IMU to non-commercial
activities including Church real estate.
The issue of whether the Church should pay the same taxes
as businesses on what many argue are really commercial
activities has been a hot-button topic for years.
The decree was outside the finance ministry's lawful area
of responsibility, the councillors concluded.
"It is not within the ministry's remit to give general
implementation of the new IMU exemption rules for the property
of non-commercial organizations," the Council ruled.
The decision of the Council of State, which was established
to ensure the legality of Italy's public administration, had
been expected for some time.
A formal response from the finance ministry is likely by
the end of the year.
The ruling will likely also apply to other non-profit
organizations in the areas of health, culture, and sports.

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