The minister-designate for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Honorable Ebenezer Kojo Kum has declared his stance on deliberations concerning churches paying taxes to the government.
From his point of view, churches are to pay taxes only when they are into other business ventures.
” Churches, when they operate as churches are not to pay taxes. It is when they carry out businesses that they should pay taxes.
And that is the decision I’ll continue to advance”
According to him, “the Ghana Revenue Authority ( GRA) has a responsibility to, just as they do when companies present their annual statements, follow up on the income accrued by some of these churches to determine appropriately whether it is chargeable for tax purposes or not”
His response was to the question raised about the ongoing discussions as to whether or not churches should pay taxes to the State.
By Belinda Baaba Baidoo