Taxman to hand out more to aid organisations

25th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

25 September 2006, MADRID — Non-governmental organisations are to receive the same amount of income tax as the Roman Catholic Church, it was announced on Monday.

25 September 2006

MADRID — Non-governmental organisations are to receive the same amount of income tax as the Roman Catholic Church, it was announced on Monday.

Justice minister Juan Fernando López Aguilar said charities and aid organisations are to get 0.7 percent of income tax.

Until now, NGOs had received 0.52 percent – like the Church -  but did not benefit from extra state aid which the Church was getting.

The government said on Friday it would raise the amount of income tax which Rome received from taxpayers who wanted to contribute to the Church.

But it would stop paying 'top-ups' to the Church – which made up about 10 percent of the total.

Last year, the Church received  a total EUR 144 million, 10 percent of which was paid by the state.

NGOs have been campaigning for a higher donation from income tax for over ten years.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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