The Council of State (CoS) has rejected an appeal by the Orthodox Church of Greece requesting that it be excluded from paying taxes on income generated from the leasing of properties in urban areas.
The Church had requested a return of 2.9 million euros in taxes paid for income generated by the properties over the 2011-2013 period.
The influential and constitutionally protected Church of Greece had taken recourse to the CoS, Greece’s highest administrative court, to partially overturn a tax bureau decision obliging it to pay 18 million euros in taxes for the period, notes naftemporiki.
The appeal also requested that the income declared for 164 urban properties be recognized as tax-free because the Church has a non-profit status.
The Church argued that the gross income from the 164 urban proprieties exempted form income tax.
the council of State rejected also this argument.