Manila Bulletin writer and Facebook blogger Krizette Laureta Chu has come up with a practical yet brilliant idea how to prevent scams in the future similar to KAPA.
And judging by the engagement on her post, netizens seem to welcome it.
Chu said the best way to make everyone in the Philippines accountable is to tax the churches.
When the churches are ask to pay taxes, the government will have money to provide basic services to the public.
In addition, the government could easily monitor irregularities like KAPA and the Catholic Church’s billion peso investments.
Chu remarked that since these churches don’t subscribe to the separation of the Church and the state because not only they meddle in local politics, they also invest big time and do get taxed for their investments.
Chu cited the examples of European countries like Germany, Switzerland, Austria and other countries wherein the state collect taxes. Germany, for example, collected as much as $13.4 billion in 2013.
You may read Krizette Chu’s full FB post below for details.
Dear President Duterte,
The only way we can circumvent these scams and make everyone on this blessed earth accountable is to TAX THE CHURCHES.
Tax ALL the churches. We would be able to provide more people with basic services, plus we would be able to track irregularities like KAPA and the Catholic Church’s billion peso investments.
Tutal, even these churches do not believe in the separation of church and State because not only do they meddle in politics, they invest big time and do not get taxed for their investments.
And yes it can be done. Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and other European countries collect church taxes and Germany has even reported a church tax revenue of 13.4 billion dollars in 2013.
A few examples:
In Italy, taxpayers pay an “eight per thousand” tax (0.8%) and express their preference for whether the money should go to one of the religious groups listed (including the Catholic Church, several Protestant groups and the Jewish community) or the state.
Spanish law “provides taxpayers the option of allocating a percentage of their income tax to the Catholic Church but not to other religious groups,” according to the U.S. State Department.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark – the country’s national church – receives funding through a specific church tax imposed on members and also receives additional support from the Danish government. Denmark reports that nearly 80% of its people were church members as of 2012.
Two other northern European countries – Sweden and Finland – also collect church taxes from members, both at rates that range from 1% to 2%.
In Switzerland, church taxes are imposed at the canton level; most of the 26 cantons, or states, collect a church tax in some form. In some cantons, private companies must pay a church tax, according to the State Department, which also reports that some cantons collect taxes “on behalf of the Jewish community,” but that “Islamic and other ‘nontraditional’ religious groups are not eligible.”
Iceland’s church taxes are collected from members of registered religious groups – including secular humanist organizations.
In some of these countries, there are churches that will only serve those who have paid up. For instance, the Catholic Church in Germany has forbidden those who do not pay their church taxes from receiving communion.
IN THESE VARIED OPTIONS, THE STATE CAN MONITOR THE INCOME OF THE CHURCH.
Your worshiper in the Church of Poon. taxallchurches
As of this writing, Chu’s FB post gathered 2,500+ reactions, 220+ shares and 343 comments.