According to reports, Ghanaian churches are now to pay tax on anointing oil and stickers
The Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority has revealed that plans are being made to ensure that churches pay taxes on the sale of anointing oil, stickers and other merchandise
In his words:
“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 went to specifically say that the sticker of a popular pastor in Ghana, Bishop Danel Obinim would be taxed accordingly because “it is income to him (Obinim)?”
Backing the idea is President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who see nothing wrong for churches in the country to be taxed, basing his position on the fact that churches have now moved into the realms of wealth creation and prosperity, rather than charity.
The issues of taxes and “the house of God” has been a topic of argument amongst many over the years, especially in Nigeria however, no conclusion has since been made over the issue as Nigerian churches continue to thrive without paying taxes
Many atimes, members of the congregation argue that there is no need for the tax to be paid as the same members who contribute the cash in church already carried out the same obliggations