From the 2006 Yearbook:
France: As reported in the 2001 Yearbook, the authorities applied a new tax against our brothers' donations, including back taxes for four years (1993-96) -- all at a crushing rate of 60 percent, plus penalties! The brothers appealed but lost at the lower, appellate, and supreme court levels. On February 25, 2005, they filed an application with the European Court of Human Rights, appealing on the basis of evident religious discrimination.
Notice the WTS' hypocritical words printed in the Watchtower:
*** w94 11/15 pp. 26-28 “If You Owe Taxes, Pay Taxes” ***
Unpleasant though the paying of taxes may be, this is an obligation that genuine Christians take very seriously. The apostle Paul wrote to the Christian congregation at Rome: “Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” (Romans 13:7, New International Version) And Jesus Christ was referring specifically to taxes when he said: “Pay back Caesar’s things to Caesar, but God’s things to God.”—Mark 12:14, 17.
Christians in Paul’s day knew well what he was talking about when he mentioned the paying of taxes. They knew that whether the taxes were reasonable or not, and regardless of how the government might spend this money, they had to pay whatever tax they owed. The same applies to Christians today.
Jehovah’s Witnesses ... enjoy a good reputation worldwide as being honest, taxpaying citizens...No true Christian would want to do anything that might taint this hard-won reputation.
What a bunch of hypocrites!
Where does this current appeal with the ECHR stand? Has a ruling been made?