Petition to The Australian Government, The House of Representatives, Malcolm Turnbull
End Tax Exemption for the Catholic Church
For too long, large religious organisations such as the Catholic Church function more like corporations than not for profit. Even so, they have maintained their tax exempt status whilst individuals and small business have not. The Catholic Church is rumoured to have vast financial and real estate holdings and the Vatican Bank has been plagued with corruption and transparency issues for many years. In addition to not paying income tax, the Catholic Church in Australia is also exempt from GST, FBT, payroll tax, council rates, state government taxes, land tax, and local government taxes. The Catholic Church operates with no transparency or accountability, making it impossible for anyone to truly know the extent of their wealth. Ensuring they pay their share of income tax would be the first step in a long process towards changing the Australian culture of religious amnesty. A further step would be reducing or eliminating the government grants and other tax exemptions they currently receive even while they harbor and refuse to extradite Australian citizens who are being charged or investigated for pedophilia. Hard working citizens have always been opposed to multinational corporations taking advantage of tax loop-holes, let alone complete tax exemptions. Regardless of whether you are a person of faith or an atheist, end the tax exemptions for this secretive and illusive organisation and reduce it to religions that are new and need financial help.