Emperor Constantius II Decrees Clergy and Servants Exempt From All Taxes

Emperor Constantius II Decrees Clergy and Servants Exempt From All Taxes

Emperor Constantius II
Source: Mary Harrsch

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Emperor Constantius II issues a decree that both clergy and their servants are exempt from all current and future taxes — including business taxes, if priests start their own businesses.

According to this decree:

"No person shall obligate you and your slaves to new tax payments, but you shall enjoy exemption.

Furthermore, you shall not be required to receive quartered persons, and if any of you, for the sake of a livelihood, conduct a business, that too shall receive exemption from Our taxes." [CTh 16.2.8 ]

Providing tax exemptions to religion is an important tool of the state for supporting and encouraging religion. When tax exemptions are provided to just one religion but not others, it's a means by which the state can favor that one religion and ensure that acquires far more support in the populace.

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