The Catholic Church has received more than €990 million ($1.3 billion) in tax receipts collected through Italian government this year.
Under the terms of a 1984 concordat between the Vatican and Italy-- an agreement that updated the Lateran Accords governing relations between the Italian government and the Vatican city-state-- the Church benefits from tax provisions that allow the government to collect funds designated for the Church.
Italian taxpayers can make tax-free donations of up to $8 for every $1,000 in income.
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