Posts Tagged ‘Church and Money’

Samoan Govt seizes Church ministers’ assets Comments 0

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

The Samoan government has begun to seize money from the accounts of church ministers who have failed to submit a monthly tax return as required by recently enacted legislation. The Minister for Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, said his ministry estimated more than 250 ministers of the church owed $US2500 each in unpaid tax for the first Read more

Backlash after tap and go collection plate launched Comments 0

Monday, October 1st, 2018

St. Mary’s Cathedral in Australia is taking heat for implementing a tap and go collection plate. The Roman Catholic cathedral in Sydney announced the moved on its Facebook page, but the outcry was so swift that the post was deleted soon after. Read more Related Posts:Pay-wave collection plate in Paris churchSpiritual oasis: Las Vegas shrine Read more

Government funding for churches in Timor-Leste under review Comments 0

Monday, October 1st, 2018
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In Timor Leste, where the population is 90% Catholic, the government makes a significant financial contribution to the Catholic church. The way in which the funding is carried out is now under review. The government will not comment on how the funding is to be allocated this year and it could be facing a fight with Read more

Catholic church in Samoa accepts the new tax laws Comments 0

Thursday, June 14th, 2018
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The Catholic Church and the Methodist Church in Samoa have said that they accept a new law requiring their ministers to pay tax. But at a recent general assembly, the leaders of the Congregational Christian Church (CCCS) said they would ignore the law. In a speech in parliament, the prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi praised the Read more

Church puts funds raised for Putaruru family in trust for Children Comments 0

Monday, June 11th, 2018

A church holding funds for a Putaruru family who suffered from severe poisoning last year has released only part of the $100,000 raised. This story has been updated: Read The St Thomas Marthoma Church of New Zealand has released $42,520 of the $102,764 donated earlier this year after three members of the Kochummen family became Read more

Samoan Church paying $1.7 million a year interest on loan Comments 0

Thursday, May 24th, 2018
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The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) is making an annual payment of $1.7 million to the Samoa National Provident Fund (SNPF) on a $15.11 million loan. The loan from the was taken out to assist with the building of their $17.39 million Jubilee Church and for and other developments. The Church’s Komiti o Feau Eseese Read more

Church member fined for illegally storing pork for fundraiser Comments 0

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Aso Lino Mika, 51, felt under pressure from her Samoan church in Christchurch to help store the pork at her Stanmore Rd dairy. Read more Related Posts:Eat pork but be penitent says Indonesian archbishopPastor gets into trouble over crayfishNew survey – Christchurch ‘evenly…Growing opposition to Chinese businesses in Samoa

Millionaire pastor’s church – former member calls for more transparency Comments 0

Monday, December 11th, 2017

A Maserati-driving pastor who owns $4 million of property needs to be more open and transparent about his church’s finances, former members say. Murray Watkinson, a former carpet layer who sold his carpet business in Wellington in 1975 after “encountering God in a supernatural way”, began the Celebration Centre church in 1990 in Aranui with Read more

Critics of tax imposed on clergy reduce government official to tears Comments 0

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017
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In Samoa, critics of the new tax laws used language that was so strong and emotive that it led to one government official shedding tears. Church ministers did not mince words when they expressed anger and disappointment at the Samoan government’s decision to tax their incomes – and gratuities – starting on 1 January 2018. Read more

Pastor says he was duped by Samoan Government Comments 0

Monday, October 30th, 2017
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A pastor in Samoa feels he has been duped over a Bill taxing pastors that was signed in July this year. He has discovered that the Bill legalising the taxing of church ministers is not limited to the “alofa” or contributions made by members. “I am sad because we were not informed about this during Read more