GRA to tax churches for sale of oils, sticker, water soon

GRA to tax churches for sale of oils, sticker, water soon

The Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Emmanuel Kofi Nti, has stated that his outfit would soon go after churches and their pastors over the sale of stickers, oil, holy water and other items.

Nti disclosed that the revenue authority would prosecute pastors who refuse to pay tax on their products.

The GRA Commissioner-General added that offerings and tithes were going to be the only church activities which would be exempted from taxes.

GRA to tax churches for sale of oils, sticker, water soon
Ghana Revenue Authority. Credit: Supplied
Source: UGC

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He argued saying, “the man of God; is he not an individual? And is he not accountable to the state for his tax obligations?”

He even cited that the popular pastor Daniel Obinim's stickers would be taxed accordingly because they were an income-generating avenue to the preacher.

He revealed that the GRA had for months been considering a review of taxable activities by churches.

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President Akufo-Addo, has also backed plans for churches in the country to be taxed, grounding his position on the fact that churches have now moved into the realm of wealth-creation and prosperity.

Speaking at the 2018 Synod of the Global Evangelical Church in Accra in August, the president observed that churches were no more the charity institutions as they used to earlier because they had now turned their attention to making money.

The former General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, Rev. Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, has said churches already pay taxes and will continue to honour their obligations to the state once GRA clarifies which activities it plans to tax.

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