Icelanders Convert Religion For Tax Refunds
December 10, 2015 Taxation in Ireland
REYKJAVIK – Thousands of Icelanders are officially converting to an ancient Sumerian religion in order to receive their parish tax payments back.
Over the last two weeks more than 1 percent of the population of Iceland have converted to the religion of Zuism as a protest against the country’s parish tax system.
Currently, the government of Iceland requires all citizens to declare their religion and to pay a parish tax which is then distributed back to the declared church.
Even if taxpayers claim to be atheists they are still required to pay the parish tax, with their contribution added to a general fund which is distributed among all churches.
The Zuism church claims that it will use the funds it receives to provide its followers with rebates on the parish tax that they have paid.
Zuism claims to be based on a Sumerian religion, and was registered as a religion in Iceland in 2013, and had attained 4 members by the end of 2014.
Zuism is being labelled as the fastest growing religion in Iceland, and now has more than 3 100 members.