"Taxes are very much based on the principles of solidarity, which is based on the commandment to love your neighbor," former Bishop Howard Tripp, chairman of the church's Committee for Public Life, told Reuters. "This document is suggesting taxes are a way to play our part, and it is something we should be pleased to do"
The document doesn't say what level of taxation is fair. and the church claims it is not a partisan political statement. Brits recently faced a rate hike to help fund the national health service. Now the basic income tax rate is 22 percent and 40 percent on anything over 29,900 [pounds sterling] (about $55,250).
No word yet on whether the 4.6 million Catholics in the U.K. are any happier about paying their tax bills.
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|Author:||Grennan Gary, Heather|
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|Date:||May 1, 2004|
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