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Government To Set Up Charity Commission For Religious Groups In Ghana

The Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Mr. Samuel Kofi Ahiave Dzamadze has revealed that his Ministry will soon set up Charity Commission to register all Religious groups in the Country.

According to him, the Charity Commission, if established, will access the work of churches on the Use of Resources in the betterment of followers of Christ.

Speaking at the meet the press series in Accra, Mr. Samuel Kofi Ahiave Dzamadze revealed that his ministry has prepared National Policy on religion and will be laid before the cabinet for approval and was optimistic that churches will leave to expectations if the policy is endorsed.

The Minister said the government has no plan to tax churches in the Country and pledged to continue to collaborate with them to play their religious responsibilities to Nation building.

Recently, Chairman of the Christian Council of Ghana, Rev. Dr. Seth Agidi, said churches and all Christians must be willing to pay taxes for the development of the nation.

According to him, churches that are purely into profit-making businesses must pay tax because the law requires that businesses pay tax.

Rev. Agidi said Christians who fail to pay taxes are not good.

In a related development; The Chief Executive Officer of Public Sector Reforms, Thomas Kusi Boafo recently appealed to churches to start fulfilling their tax obligations on their commercial activities to help in the development of the country.

According to him, churches that are purely into a profit-making business must pay tax because the law requires that businesses pay tax.

Mr. Thomas Kusi Boafo has backed the 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.

Source: Kofi Atakora/Joydaddyymultimedia.com

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