The relationship between the government and the cults is not in good shape. A tax gesture could help improve them. Several months after the unease that has settled with the leaders of the major religions around the bill on separatism, the Covid crisis has also severely affected the cults. Many places have had to close and have experienced a sometimes significant shortfall. Emmanuel Macron intends to re-establish links, mainly with Catholics, Protestants and Jews by increasing deductions from donations from the faithful.
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A temporary and limited measure
Until now, donating money to religious associations under the 1905 law allowed a tax deduction of 66%. From Thursday until December 2022, it will be 75%. However, a limit has been set at 554 euros.
This gesture aims to cushion the losses linked to the health crisis with the closure of places of worship. These donations will therefore be subject to the same regime as that of charitable associations, such as Restos du cœur. The idea was raised in January during the traditional vows at the Elysee Palace with representatives of religions. It will be integrated into the amending finance bill presented on Wednesday.
Different losses depending on the cult
A particularly welcome gesture for Judaism and Catholicism. They are the ones who record the biggest losses. On the Catholic side, with the health crisis, there is a hole of 90 million euros which has not ended in the coffers of the Church in 2020.
The Protestants, they estimate to have lost only 11 million euros. According to religious authorities, this is mainly due to the fact that the faithful are more used to direct debit. It is ultimately Islam that will benefit the least from this gesture because few Muslim associations are under the Association law 1905 status.