The Commissioner General of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Emmanuel Kofi Nti, has notified his team’s plans to prosecute pastoralists who refuse to pay the sales tax on anointing oil. holy water and other religious accessories.
This decision follows a broad debate as to whether the sale of these items is a commercial activity and whether it should be taxed.
GRA’s Commissioner General told Joy News that the only tax-exempt religious activities are offerings and tithes.
“The man of God; is he not an individual? And is he not responsible to the state for his tax obligations? We have the opportunity to examine it, “he said, refuting suggestions that church-owned tax companies would be severely resisted.
President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo supports this plan to tax the country’s churches, based on the fact that churches have now entered the realm of wealth creation and prosperity.
Speaking at the 2018 World Evangelical Church Synod in Accra in August, the president noted that churches are no longer the charitable institutions they are, because they are now dedicated to education and delivery. of health care, which places them in the tax net.
Reverend Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, former secretary general of the Christian Council of Ghana, said churches are already paying taxes and will continue to honor their obligations to the state once the GRA has clarified the activities it plans to tax. .
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