Should Churches Now Pay Taxes to the State?

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Right Reverend Dr Nana Anyani-Boadum, General Overseer of the Jesus
Generating Ministries:
I don’t think churches should pay tax. The church as a charity organization
should not pay tax but the workers should pay tax.
All the staff who work for the church receive salaries, therefore, they should pay
their taxes. I pay tax myself.
We should rather find out how many of these churches have paid the social
security and income tax of their staff.
It is the abuse by some few churches who are doing business and are selling
anointing oil and other items that should be addressed.
The abuse by some churches does not mean that they should all pay tax.
Rather, we should find a solution to the problem.
Some churches run transport, bookshops and other businesses and they pay the requisite taxes to the government.
If we are worried about those few churches who sell oil or engage in
business, then it is for officials of Ghana Revenue Authority to ensure that they
pay taxes.
You know, tax collectors go round various markets to educate traders to pay their taxes, and enroll those who are not paying.
It should therefore not be difficult for the government’s tax collectors to
identify churches doing business.
If the offerings and tithes of church members are used to do charity work,
then they should not be taxed.
This subject has been over flogged and had been debated since Dr Kwame
Nkrumah’s time.

Evangelist Paul Michael Adjei – Heirs Chapel International
I don’t think churches should pay taxes because God created churches and
directed in the Bible how money for churches should be used.
Church money is used for charity work, cater for priests, widows, orphans,
hospitals, schools and foreigners.
The church is doing exactly that, and even beyond, because they are not
profit-making organisations like other non-governmental organisations (NGO).
These facts notwithstanding, there are some few one man churches, selling
anointing oil and charging exorbitant consultation fees.
Orthodox churches like the Catholic Church, the Pentecostals and some
Charismatic Churches do not engage in this.
Remember in the Bible, Jesus Christ whipped those who turned the synagogue into market and a place for gambling.
The government should monitor those few churches that are doing business and let them pay the appropriate taxes to the state.
Famous KwesiKuadugah, CEO, Fame Safety Consult, Tema
Churches have always been exempted from paying taxes for decades.
But it is the luxurious lifestyles of some church leaders, who amass wealth
at the expense of their followers, that is causing the hue and cry.
I think the agencies responsible for tax collection should be able to make
the distinction.
The church remains the only institution where moral values are taught.
It should therefore differentiate between charity work and business.
The church, as God’s own institution, should not be burdened with taxation
because monies donated to them may already have been taxed.
Churches that have commercial property like bookshops and transport
businesses are already paying taxes on their incomes.

Rev Jonathan Donkor, Founder, End Time Kingdom Mission, Abehenease.
My view on this issue is that, the church, as a body of Christ, should not pay
tax because we see the church as an association.
The offerings we receive are not taxed. It is just like any other voluntary
association. But when the church and the leader has a prayer camp, where they
sell items like anointing oil and charge consultation fees, then they should pay
taxes to the state.
I heard some churches and their leaders sell holy water and anointing oils in
drug stores.
And those pastors who make business out of the church are those who live
extravagant lifestyles. Tax men should go after them.
In the Presbyterian churches, Pentecostals, and some orthodox churches,
pastors receive only allowances and use the church’s vehicles and bungalows.
“I am a pastor myself but some of my colleagues charge consultation fees,
some as high as GH¢300.00”. They should pay taxes to the state.
Foster AkwasiBarimah, Driver
Churches, especially, those owned by individuals, should pay tax, because
they make a lot of money on the congregants.
We drivers, market women and government workers have been paying tax
for generations.
The church collects money for charity work, but a larger chunk is diverted
for the personal use of pastors.
The government should distinguish between church money used for charity
work and those used for business and tax them.
Some pastors and their churches even own private aircraft and many property, instead of putting up schools and hospitals.
The government should go after those affluent pastors and tax them
appropriately.

Isaac Mongson, Mobile Money Dealer
My brother, churches should be made to pay the appropriate taxes to the
government because they are making so much money from their congregants.
Some church leaders are fleecing members and are living affluent lifestyles
and wearing designer clothes at the expense of their members.
Churches are supposed to be doing charitable work but some have turned
them into business entities, charging very high consultation fees and selling holy
water.
The government should descend heavily on them and identify those who
are into business and tax them accordingly.
For a very long time, some pastors have used the church as a decoy to make money while their congregants remain poor.
Church goers themselves s auld also become wise and withdraw their
membership if they realize that their leaders and pastors are using their
contributions to enrich themselves.