Church of Greece says it paid 12.6 mln in taxes in 2011

The Orthodox Church of Greece paid 12.6 million euros in taxes to the state last year, the Holy Synod of Bishops said in a statement on its website today.

The church is taxed like all non-profit organizations in Greece, according to a separate statement posted on its website on Sept. 15. Taxes paid by the Church include a 20 percent levy on income from real-estate rentals, a 0.3 percent tax on all property that isn?t used for educational, worship or community purposes and regular levies on wages for staff, according to the statement.