16 novembre 2014

Finies les exemptions de taxes pour les églises?

C'est ce que souhaite le conseil municipal d'une ville de l'Alaska:

In Alaska, the Nome City Council is moving forward with a plan to end tax exemptions for churches, making it the first American town to tax the church.

With the city budget projected to run a deficit, the Nome City Council spent a one-hour work session Monday looking at ways to increase tax revenue. After much debate, the council agreed to move forward with a draft ordinance removing sales tax exemptions from nonprofits and churches.

City Finance Director Julie Liew estimates the move could bring in about $300,000 a year for the small city of about 3,800 people.

However, the proposed tax changes are not yet law. KNOM.org reports the City Council is still several meetings away from a vote, and the public will have an opportunity to weigh in before the council takes any final action.

(...) Estimates vary, but studies show exempting religion from taxes in America costs the taxpayers between $71 billion and $83.5 billion a year, according to the New Civil Rights Movement. For comparison, America’s food stamp program costs about $75-80 billion a year.

Si les Québécois étaient sérieux à propos de la séparation de la religion et de l'état, voilà ce qu'ils incluraient en tête d'une charte de la laïcité!

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