Charities fight changes on tax deductions

WASHINGTON (RNS) Most Americans who file income tax returns won't be affected by proposed changes in how charitable contributions are deducted, but that hasn't stopped charitable groups from lobbying Congress to fight any change in deductions as part of the “fiscal cliff'' negotiations. By Jackie Kucinich / USA Today.

Cash-strapped Italy looks to tax church-owned properties

Alessandro Speciale |

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Spurred by the economic crisis, Italy's government has taken the unprecedented step of revising long-standing tax exemptions for church-owned property. But experts say the new rules probably won't have a dramatic impact on Italy's finances. By Alessandro Speciale.