- The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has been tasked by the government to close revenue loopholes
- The commissioner-general is targeting businesses hidden under the guise of church or religious activities
The Commissioner-General of Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Emmanuel Kofi Nti has indicated that his outfit is looking to tax church-ran businesses will be taxed. The Authority is looking to maximise revenue.
According to him, many church leaders or ‘owners’ leverage on their churches and establish other businesses apart from the church which generate enough money for them. These businesses are profiteering ventures, Nti said.
He therefore stated that the businesses need to be taxed just like others who are not affiliated to any religious organization, as one way of closing the tax loopholes.
The Commisioner-Genral was quoted as saying: “If a church is doing any business apart from just having a congregation, that business will get an income so there should be taxes on them. We’re not taxing the church, no, we’re taxing the other businesses done aside the church itself.
Most churches have schools, shops and all that. Those businesses are in the name of the church but they are also businesses on their own. So long as they get income, they should pay taxes as well.”
The Commissioner-General also added that, churches should also pay construction tax when building their temples and worship centers. He advised workers at the church to make sure they pay their income tax.
Mr Nti advised pastors and religious leaders to not to preach against his intentions. He said that if they were to live lavishly he does not see any reason why paying taxes should be much of a problem to them.
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