Is this fair or no?
“The change - once it is formally drafted and approved by Parliament - could result in revenues of $650 million to $2.6 billion annually, according to municipal government associations. It could also set an example for other European countries that are struggling with debt - notably Greece and Spain - and where there is growing popular resentment over tax breaks for the church.”[/quote]
I don’t get it. Why isn’t this fair? [/quote]
Personally, I am of the opinion that if you make money (either through rent, sales, etc.) that you should pay taxes. I am surprised it has gone so long without it.[/quote]
I actually agree with eliminating tax exempt status for moral/religious reasoning, though I disagree with taxing a corporation like it’s a person to begin with.
But remember, that would include eliminating tax exempt status for anything on moral basis. That means all charities, in addition to things like tax exempt status on electric cars and all subsidies, grants, welfare, est.[/quote]
I would be with you if they were taxing donations and the like, but apparently the church in Italy rents some of their property to businesses and is engaged in other commercial transactions.
The proposed taxes are on commercial activities of the church, which makes sense in that light. No property or rental tax to pay on rental property is definitely unfair for regular property owners as the church would be able to undercut them due to no property tax and no revenue taxes.