- A man of God, Rev. Mark Adu-Gyamfi, has called for taxes on businesses run by churches
- According to him,. revenue from such taces will aid in Ghana's developmental agenda
The Founder of the New Life Church, in London, Rev. Mark Adu-Gyamfi, has suggested that churches should be taxed.
He explained that religious bodies that engage in businesses aside their main work need to pay taxes on the income earned.
He passed the comment at the just-ended Economic Summit organized by the Ministry of Information in Kumasi.
A suggestion has been made to religious bodies in the country, which are doing business in addition to their religious work, to pay tax.
Rev. Adu-Gyamfi, who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Reshview International, London, noted that tax was the only avenue that enabled governments all over the world to realise revenues for development.
He stressed that it would be prudent for many of such churches in the country to pay taxes on the enterprises established in addition to their church activities.
He noted that "taxation is the price of development," and that was why it was incumbent on the government to widen the tax net base to cover a lot of people so that more revenue would be realized.
He was of the view that the country's development should be seen as paramount, so Ghanaians have to support any effort to help their country in the race of development.
He revealed that in the United Kingdom (UK), all churches had been registered and worked under the Charity Commission, to which they referred their yearly accounts.
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