July 14th, 2017

Top court: rules on tax donation for churches unconstitutional

Hungary’s top court has ordered lawmakers to reconsider its law on the official status of churches, saying rules restricting donations are unconstitutional. The Constitutional Court ruled that regulations of taxpayer donations to churches or other organisations are restrictive because the law failed to ensure that donors can donate 1% of their PIT to any religious organisation whether officially registered as a church or not. The court took up the complaint of an individual who said that the tax authority had refused to forward his donation in 2013 because the recipient was not officially recognised as a church. Successive appeal courts then left the tax authority’s decision in place.

The top court said that while the tax authority and the appeal courts had acted in line with the law, the law in itself is discriminative. It said that no distinction should be made between members of different religious communities and religious freedom must apply to all. Officially recognised churches and “organisations with religious activities”, therefore, should be governed by the same rules, and by December 31 parliament must pass legislation under which taxpayers can chose any of them when donating, the court ruled.

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  • “The top court said that while the tax authority and the appeal courts had acted in line with the law, the law in itself is discriminative. It said that no distinction should be made between members of different religious communities and religious freedom must apply to all. Officially recognised churches and “organisations with religious activities”, therefore, should be governed by the same rules”

    Final nail in Fidesz’ discriminatory anti-religious laws?

    • ViktorZorroban

      No, just time to change the Holy Constitution of Fideszország one more time.

      • Damn – forgot that (obvious) alternative!
        Just shows I have not learned to think/breathe/eat Fidesz…maybe I am Jewish?

        • ViktorZorroban

          Jews and liberal Andorians are the true enemy of the Hungarians!

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