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Business News of Thursday, 21 November 2019

Source: citinewsroom.com

Govt considering ‘Charity Commission’ to monitor churches

The government is considering setting up a Charity Commission to monitor how churches use their funds for charity works.

The Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Kofi Dzamesi said this as he assured that churches would not be subjected to taxes.

He was speaking during a meet the press session when he mentioned the possible setting of the commission.

The government is considering setting up a Charity Commission to monitor how churches use their funds for charity works.

The Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Kofi Dzamesi said this as he assured that churches would not be subjected to taxes.

He was speaking during a meet the press session when he mentioned the possible setting of the commission.

Tithes and offerings collected by churches from congregants are however exempted from taxation.

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

The religious leaders represented were from 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.