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A peculiar tax break May 2, 2012

Posted by Tomboktu in Crazed nonsense..., Inequality, Taxation Policy.

The May issue of Alive! was delivered to my house today. I am not happy to see that it is a registered charity. They advertise the fact because

  • If you pay PAYE and your total donation to Alive! was €250 or more in 2011 we can reclaim your tax.

Please ask us for a for or Tel 01 4048187 for more info.

  • If you are self-assessed or a company and your donation to Aive! was €250 or more in 2011 you can clain tax releief on your donation.

How can an organisation that is so overtly political have been granted charitable status?


1. irishelectionliterature - May 3, 2012

A list of eligible charities

A few questionable ones there alright, many of them of a religious nature.


Starkadder - May 3, 2012

“Alive!” isn’t shown on the list of charities, but the magazine
shares an address (St. Mary’s Priory) with the Priory Institute (which is on the list of charities):


Something I’ve often thought left-wingers should consider,
is why the most reactionary forms of religion are
growing (Islamic fundamentalism, the likes
of Rick Santorum in the US, and anti-feminist
UK Anglicans converting to Catholicism) while
more progressive forms seem to be
remain inert.


dmfod - May 3, 2012

Religions are a mix of hocus pocus, bigotry and advice about how to be a nice person. ‘Progressive’ forms tend to jettison the first two and the last can be just as easily be non-religious, so they decline over time. By contrast, backward forms hang on to all three selling points and corner a large part of the market for atavism in a bewildering modern world.

Backward religions also often frame themselves as rebellious and countercultural, whereas ‘progressive’ religions struggle to differentiate their product from the ubiquitous blandness and widespread neo-imperialism of Western human rights and humanitarianism.


2. Wendy Lyon - May 3, 2012

There’s something of a myth around charitable status and what it means in terms of political activity. A charity is perfectly entitled to engage in political activity as long as it is (a) directly related to the charity’s “charitable purpose” and (b) not promoting any particular party or candidate. And a religious purpose is almost by definition a charitable purpose under the Charities Act.

Not saying this is a good thing, but that’s the law.


Wally Burns - May 8, 2012

So Trocaire, sponsored by the Catholic Church, and Christian Aid, supported by individuals from other denominations, are perfectly eligible to campaign for political policies that promote their charitable aims. Leftwingers have long ago asserted that charity is not enough to alleviate national and international poverty. Political and macroeconomic changes are needed to effect that. In the old days, Irish people collected Pennies for the Black Babies and left the affairs of the colonies where Irish missionaries worked to the powers that be. From the 1970s onwards missionaries became politicised by the blatant USA and other powerful interference in the affairs of South America, Asia and elsewhere. Gradually this politicisation rubbed off on sections of the Irish public. But meanwhile, secularization has pulled the carpet of vocations from under the missionary societies…


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