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TAXING CHURCHES; CLERGY BACKS GOVERNMENT’S DECISION AFTER MEETING AKUFO-ADDO

Religious leaders have reached a consensus with the government on the need for churches and other religious bodies to pay taxes on their income-generating ventures.

That was the outcome of a meeting between the religious leaders, including Muslims and Christians, and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House in Accra on Wednesday.

The meeting was held behind closed doors, but speaking to the Presidential Press Corps after the meeting, the religious leaders said after their interaction with the President, they had now understood the rationale behind the calls for religious organisations to pay taxes on their income-generating ventures.

Among other issues, the meeting focused on the taxation of the commercial activities of religious bodies and the double track system for the free senior high school (SHS) policy.

The leaders were from the Catholic Bishops Conference, the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council, the National Charismatic and Christian Churches, the Christian Council of Ghana, the Council of Independent Churches, a representative of the National Chief Imam and some Muslim leaders.

According to the leaders, they believed that existing laws must be applied on taxation, while every effort should be made to ensure that all Ghanaian children had the best education.

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