Gov’t, religious leaders, initiate discussions on taxation of churches in Ghana (Photo)

Gov’t, religious leaders, initiate discussions on taxation of churches in Ghana (Photo)

- The minister of finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, has held meetings with some Christian organisations with respect to the introduction of a Charities Bill

- The proposed Bill is intended to help provide answers to the question of whether churches should be taxed

- Ken Ofori-Atta stated that there is lack of clarity with respect to the manner in which churches operate

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The minister of finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, has held discussions with some Christian organisations with respect to the taxation of churches.

This was during the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between the government and some churches.

The Charities Bill will therefore help address the issue of whether or not faith-based organisations should be taxed.

Gov’t, religious leaders, initiate discussions on taxation of churches in Ghana (Photo)

Source: citinewsroom.com
Source: UGC

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According to him, the main challenge appears to be a lack of clarity as there is the nature of the work of churches is a unique one, citinewsroom.com reports.

He added that anyone who works for an organization pays (Pay As You Earn) PAYE, social security, as well as other forms of taxes and these, will be addressed in the Bill in the year 2020.

YEN.com.gh has learned that the government has continuously experienced a shortfall in revenues and this has led to calls for a widening of the tax net.

Some Ghanaians have meanwhile reacted to the news of the possible introduction of the tax to be paid by churches:

Solomon noted that it would help reveal the lucrative business ventures churches are involved in.

Ayaa advised that Ghanaians should be educated on it before its introduction.

Stephen agreed that it is alright to tax one-man churches.

In other news, the founder and general overseer of the Action Chapel International, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams, has cautioned men of God in the country as the 2020 election draws closer.

YEN.com.gh understands that the archbishop raises concerns about the manner in which prophecies, especially about electoral results, are communicated in the country.

He advised Ghanaian prophets to be guarded in their utterances as the elections draw closer.

He added that it is necessary for the prophets to be discreet and apply wisdom to the things they see in the spiritual realm before speaking in public about them.

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