The Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Emmanuel Kofi Nti, has served notice about plans by his outfit to start taxing the Founder and Leader of the International Godsway Church, Angel Daniel Obinim for selling stickers to his congregation.
According to Mr Kofi Nti, the selling of stickers and anointing oil to congregants is a form of revenue generation for the Pastor and hence ought to be taxed.
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“Obinim Sticker will be taxed accordingly because it is income to him [Bishop Daniel Obinim]…,” the GRA Commissioner-General reportedly said on Joy News.
Mr Kofi Nti further added that Pastors who sell anointing oils in their churches will also be made to pay taxes on the oils they sell.
“The man of God; is he not an individual? And is he not accountable to the state for his tax obligations? There is an opportunity for us to look at it,” he said, refuting suggestions that taxing businesses owned by churches will be met with stiff resistance.
The move comes on the heels of a huge debate over whether or not the sale of these items constitutes commercial activities and therefore should be taxed.
President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo backs this plan for churches in the country to be taxed, grounding his position on the fact that churches have now moved into the realm of wealth creation and prosperity.
Speaking at the 2018 Synod of the Global Evangelical Church in Accra in August, the President observed churches were no more the charity institutions they used to be as they are now focusing into education and healthcare delivery among others, thus placing them in the tax net.
But former General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, Rev. Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, has said churches already pay taxes and will continue to honour their obligations to the state once GRA clarifies which activities it plans to tax.
Source: Ghana | GhanaNewsPage.Com