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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Religious institutions have used the debates around the tax reform to preserve and even extend the reach of these institutions' tax benefits.

The first stage of the federal government's tax reform project, which replaces PIS and Cofins taxes with a new CBS (Contribution on Goods and Services), for example, maintains the benefit for the churches. Temples, currently immune from the PIS/COFINS (Program of Social Integration/Contribution for the Financing of Social Security), will also not be required to pay the CBS.

The Federal Constitution guarantees tax immunity to temples from any denomination, thus prohibiting . . .

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