Czech lawmakers approve tax on billions in compensation to churches, synagogues

Czech lawmakers on Wednesday approved a tax on the billions the state will pay houses of worship for assets seized by the Communists during their Cold War rule, aiming to claw back a portion of the compensation payments.

The country’s 17 religious Christian and Jewish denominations are currently entitled to recover assets seized by the atheist Communist regime after World War II and receive financial compensation for those that cannot be returned.

According to a 2012 law, the nation’s churches and synagogues are to receive some $3 billion over 30 years to compensate for property seized by the state.

— Agencies

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