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And so it begins..... tax bill for Spain's churches
And so it begins..... tax bill for Spain's churches

Quote:The Catholic Church is Spain's largest and richest landowner, though its nonprofit status means it is exempt from paying most taxes.

But amid the current economic crisis, that may be changing.

One college town just outside Madrid is leading an effort by some Spanish municipalities to serve the church an up-to-date property tax bill.

Alcala de Henares is re-evaluating the status of hundreds of church holdings that have been exempt from paying property tax for hundreds of years.

Charity Or Taxable Business?

Off a cobblestone street in Alcala de Henares, an ancient Roman town about 20 miles from Madrid, there's a 400-year-old convent, El Convento de Clarisas de San Diego.

If you ring the doorbell, one of the nuns calls out from behind a wooden shutter.

"Ave Maria Purissima!" (in English, "Holy Mary the most pure!") she yells, by way of answering the bell.
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RE: And so it begins..... tax bill for Spain's churches
Finally! Well somebody had to go first and now with a bit of luck the church will have to pay up is long overdue taxes globaly.
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RE: And so it begins..... tax bill for Spain's churches
Ole, Espana.

Now, when the fuckers don't pay, seize the property and open a Starbucks or a cat house on the site. Something useful.
RE: And so it begins..... tax bill for Spain's churches
Non-profit organization...non-profit my ass. Purely FOR profit, more like. Profit without a product, even.

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