‘We already pay taxes’ – Churches demand clarity on tax

‘We already pay taxes’ – Churches demand clarity on tax

Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | George Nyavor | george.nyavor@myjoyonline.com
Date: 10-08-2018 Time: 06:08:16:am
Rev Dr Opuni-Frimpong says taxing offerings may be a complex activity

Former General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, is urging the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to clarify which activities of churches it plans to tax.

Dr. Opuni-Frimpong is concerned about the wrong impression created in the public that churches do not pay taxes.

He said it is no secret that churches already pay taxes on their revenue-generating businesses.

“When people are talking about churches and taxes, we must understand what we are talking about. There is the impression that churches are not paying taxes, but it depends on what taxes you are talking about.

“There are churches that have hospitality businesses…they pay even VAT, there are churches that have buses, they pay taxes and even what the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) charges…those who are calling for churches to pay tax must define exactly what they mean,” he said.

Related: GRA set to review tax exemption laws

He spoke on MultiTV’s late evening current affairs programme, PM Express.

The immediate past General Secretary of the Christian Council told PM Express, Nana Ansah Kwao IV, that if the plan is to tax offertory at churches then tax collectors may be wading into a complex issue.

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