Some Christians in the country say they are shocked and disappointed in President Akufo-Addo’s position on churches in Ghana to be taxed like other private business entities despite their efforts to help the country to develop.
“Churches have built schools, hospitals and are doing many things aimed at ensuring that Ghana develops so if we are asked to pay taxes, then we are shocked and disappointed in the government”, some Christians in the Ashanti Regional capital of Kumasi vented their frustration in an interaction with MyNewsGh.com.
According to the Christian leaders MyNewsGh.com a spoke to after Church Service on Sunday, the contribution of Christians in the development of Ghana can never be ruled out hence, the government should give a second thought to any plans to tax churches.
“I can assure you that Ghana has developed today because our churches have contributed to 80-90% of the economy”, a staunch Christian pointed out during a vox pop interview carried by our Ashanti Regional Correspondent Kwabena Danso-Dapaah.
President Akufo-Addo has backed calls 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 recently at the 2018 Synod of the Global Evangelical Church in Accra, 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.
“The difficult truth is that once you get into the wealth and prosperity sphere, you necessarily slip into the tax and accounting line,” Nana Akufo-Addo indicated.
Nana Akufo-Addo observed church priests now “compete to show who is the more powerful and who is the richer,” something he said makes sense for the public to call for them to be taxed.
The President comments come at a time that the Ghana Revenue Authority has taken the decision to tax churches which have turned their fellowships into a money-making venture.