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Tax Justice and Religious Freedom: The Tai Ji Men Case and Beyond
November 19 at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm EST
World premiere of the movie: “A Question of Justice: The Tai Ji Men Tax Case,” directed by Massimo Introvigne, followed by a panel discussion. Tax justice and religious freedom increasingly interact. The European Court of Human Rights is just one jurisdiction that ruled that the tax system cannot be used to discriminate against religious minorities. One of the longest-lasting tax cases raising issues of religious liberty involved the Taiwan-based spiritual movement Tai Ji Men. After 24 years of litigations, the issue has not been fully solved to this day. Should monetary offers that devotees give to their spiritual leaders or organizations be treated as tax-exempt gifts or as taxable payments? And do the governments have the right to discriminate between the gifts given to “legitimate” spiritual movements and groups they label as “cults”? The implications go well beyond the Tai Ji Men movement and are crucial for religious freedom throughout the world.
The Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom or Belief is being virtually hosted by the Government of Poland. Official events are hosted by Poland. All side events are independently produced by the organizers of each event and are not endorsed by any government, the IRF Roundtable, or 21Wilberforce