Church tax evasion in Mexico

by Caleb Reading

Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Some of you may have noticed that many churches in Mexico that have been operational for decades nonetheless have a somewhat unfinished appearance. For example, there are half-bricks missing from the front of the church pictured above in Puerto Vallarta.

The reason? Under Mexican tax laws, once the church is “finished”, they have to pay taxes.

This church is called Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, and it’s been operational since 1963. It’s one of Puerto Vallarta’s most recognizable landmarks and tourist attractions. They’re open from 7 AM to 10 PM every day.

They have never had to pay taxes because the church is “unfinished”.

As are many other churches in Mexico. So much for rendering unto Caesar.

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