We can't tax churches for tithes and offerings - GRA boss

We can't tax churches for tithes and offerings - GRA boss

- The GRA says it can only tax business-related services of churches

- The Commissioner General of the GRA says taxing tithes and offerings is impossible

- There have been calls for the GRA to tax churches for their extravagant lifestyles

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) says it does not have the power to demand taxes from the tithes and offerings of churches.

There have been calls for the GRA to tax the services of Churches who, according to many, has been a highly lucrative business venture.

Reacting to these concerns, head of the GRA, Kofi Nti stated that even though the GRA has plans to conduct investigations into activities of all churches in the country, the venture of tithes and offerings will not be targeted.

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"...When it comes to their tithes and offerings, those areas, we believe they are no-go areas," the GRA boss revealed.

Meanwhile, GRA has also offered to pay informants 25 percent of a penalty against the churches that are hiding under a fellowship to make money without paying taxes to the state.

“The Authority is conducting an investigation based on its own intelligence but has thrown the word out to the public to work as informants who should report such churches who hide under the fellowship to make money," he revealed.

Commissioner General of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Emmanuel Kofi Nti, says all tax policy measures announced by the finance minister, Ken Ofori Attah in the mid-year budget review have been passed into laws.

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The tax policy measures, which include the introduction of a new band in the personal income tax rates which will see incomes exceeding 120,000 cedis per month taxed 35 percent. He explained the new tax policy measures at a just-ended press briefing.

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