Samoa govt keen to repeal controversial law taxing church ministers

The Samoan Government is preparing to repeal the controversial law introduced by the previous administration in 2018 to tax church ministers.

The Minister of Customs and Revenue, Tuala Ponifasio, has been instructed to consult with the church ministers – as is required for any amendments to laws.

Removing the tax was an election promise by the Faatuatua I Le Atua Samoa ua Tasi, or FAST Party.

The law change in 2018 had sparked a feud with the government and 30 ministers from the Congregational Christian Church when they were charged for refusing to pay what was dubbed income tax.

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