On the back of calls for the government to tax churches, gospel musician Joe Mettle has opined that churches should not be taxed unless they engage in profit-making ventures.
In an interview with Nana Romeo on Accra FM, Joe Mettle argued that it will be erroneous on the part of a government to impose taxes on churches if these churches do not operate other businesses unrelated to religious activities.
According to him, it is not enough to suggest that because the church receives offertory and tithe, it should be taxed.
“To say directly that because the church gets money, they should be taxed, is not a solid point. There’s more that goes into it”, the musician said. “The church is not supposed to be selling but the church is selling; then the items that are being sold can be taxed. It makes sense.”
He continued: “There are churches that have schools. Even though it’s a charity organization, their schools are taxed because that is a business [different] from the usual church. Not only that, if a church opens a business, I’m sure that business will be taxed. Every business side of the church is actually being already taxed.”
Quite recently, broadcaster, Nana Aba Anamoah challenged the Christian Council of Ghana to “push for the state to tax churches”, stressing that, “That’s how we’ll know you deeply care about the development of Ghana.”