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Germany (scroll down when you hit the link & look at Switzerland too, oh the meddling continues by the the Holy Roman Emperor)

Germany levies a church tax, on all persons declaring themselves to be Christians, of roughly 8–9% of the income tax, which is effectively (very much depending on the social and financial situation) typically between 0.2% and 1.5% of the total income. The proceeds are shared amongst Catholic, Lutheran, and other Protestant Churches. In 1933 Hitler had the entry "church tax" added to the official tax card, which meant that the tax could now be deducted by the employer like any of the other taxes.

Some believe that the church taxation system was established or started through the Concordat of 1933 signed between the Holy See and the Third Reich.

Sat, 25 Sep 2010 16:28:25 UTC | #524769