Czech lawmakers approve taxation of church restitution plan

PRAGUE — Czech lawmakers on Tuesday approved a proposal drafted by Communist lawmakers to tax the compensation that the country's churches receive from the state for property seized by the former Communist regime.

The 114-57 vote in favor of the proposal in the lower house is a further sign of the rising influence of the Communists.

The Communist Party isn't part of the center-left ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Andrej Babis, but it has provided support in a confidence vote.

The lower house first approved the proposal in January, but the Senate vetoed it a month later.

Churches in the country, including the Catholic Church and the Jewish community, have had some property held by the state returned, and they are also to receive around $3 billion over 30 years.

They oppose the tax and plan to challenge it at the Constitutional Court once it's signed into law by President Milos Zeman.

People also read these

Austrian authorities seeking Hitler double seen...

Feb 11, 2017

US-AUSTRIA-HITLER:Austrian authorities seeking Hitler double seen around birthplace

Tired of screen addicts, Vienna cafe says phone...

Feb 15, 2017

US-AUSTRIA-CAFE:Tired of screen addicts, Vienna cafe says phone juice costs extra

Alpine skiing: Hirscher wins his first giant...

Feb 17, 2017

US-ALPINE-WORLD-MEN:Alpine skiing: Hirscher wins his first giant slalom gold

Biathlon: Russians sing anthem alone as...

Feb 19, 2017

US-BIATHLON-WORLD-ANTHEM:Biathlon: Russians sing anthem alone as organizers play wrong tune

U.N. nuclear watchdog chief to discuss Iran deal...

Mar 1, 2017

US-UN-NUCLEAR-USA:U.N. nuclear watchdog chief to discuss Iran deal with Trump officials

Sign up now!