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San Francisco: archdiocese, city in court battle over property taxes

Catholic World News - February 09, 2011

The San Franciscio archdiocese has taken the city of San Francisco to court in a dispute over the assessment of taxes on the transfers of church properties.

The city claims that the archdiocese owes $20 million in taxes on 232 properties that were transferred to different corporate owners. The archdiocese counters that the properties were exempt from taxation, because all of the corporations were controlled by the Church. The transfers were merely an internal restructuring.

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