Nana Aba Anamoah, a well-known broadcaster, has advised the Christian Council of Ghana to consider pressing the government to tax churches.
If the council, which has previously remarked on topics of common interest, turns its attention to this important subject, she believes it will be a step in the right direction.
According to Nana Aba, if member churches are required to pay tax, the Christian Council of Ghana will be perceived as caring about the country’s progress.
“It’ll be fantastic to see the Christian Council of Ghana lobby the government to tax churches.” On the morning of February 16, she tweeted, “That’s how we’ll know you care deeply about Ghana’s progress.”
Some Twitter users reacted by saying that the council would never support such a route, especially since it would be against their interests.
@Nfoni Gh, a handler who commented on Nana Aba’s article, wrote: “I hate to break it to you, ain’t gonna happen.”
Also, @BlackNetworkEn1 on Twitter had this to say: “You have said it all @thenanaaba but they’ll never do it. #ChurchesMustPayTax.”
A section of her supporters objected to the challenge leveled at the Christian Council, claiming that the church is not a business concern. They said that the majority of churches have contributed to the development of the country by establishing schools and hospitals.
A Twitter handler @Qweci__GH replying to the broadcaster’s ‘controversial’ tweet argued that the church can not boast of adequate resources talk more of being taxed.
He wrote: “Tax the churches how? Is the church a business venture? That’s why we are opposing the E-Levy. The churches has contributed a lot to the development of Ghana with their little resources.”