Only Hindu temples are required to pay taxes? No, the viral claim is false!
A post that went viral in the past has resurfaced claiming that
The message is widely disseminated on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag ‘#FreeTemples’.
Elvish Yadav, an Indian YouTuber, wrote on Twitter: “In a country where everyone enjoys religious freedom, why only Hindu temples have to pay taxes? #FreeTemples ”.
His tweet has garnered over 7,700 retweets with around 21,000 likes as of this writing.
Gaurav Taneja, another Indian YouTuber, supported Elvish Yadav and wrote on Twitter: “If they can’t do it with 282 (2014) and 303 (2019). I doubt even 543 is enough. #FreeTemples”.
His tweet has garnered over 4,800 retweets with around 13,000 likes as of this writing.
Hindu Army, a Facebook page, posted a video compilation of social media users who amplified the post and expressed gratitude for their participation.
Only Hindu temples are required to pay taxes, while other religious institutes are exempt.
Checking the facts:
The Logical Indian Fact Check team verified the claim and found it to be false.
The message was viral in the past when the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was introduced. In 2017, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) issued a press release to refute such a claim. The statement was titled “Call on people not to start spreading false messages on social media as no distinction is made in the GST law with regard to provisions based on religion.”
According to the Central Goods and Services Tax Act (CGST), any business / entity is required to register under the Goods and Services Tax and not be exempt from the Services Tax.
According to the Central Council of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), “the provisions relating to the taxation of the activities of charitable institutions and religious trusts have been borrowed and taken from the old provisions relating to the tax on services. Not all of the services provided by these entities are In fact, many services are provided by such entities, which would fall under the GST.
In 2017, the finance ministry also posted a clarification on Twitter debunking the viral post. They mentioned in their tweet that no distinction is made in the GST law when it comes to provisions based on religion.
So, in conclusion, an old message that went viral in 2017 has again been revived that only Hindu temples are required to pay taxes while other religious institutes are exempt. The message is false because no distinction is made in the GST law between provisions based on religion.
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