Posts Tagged ‘Taxing churches’

No plans to make churches pay tax on business activities – Collins Comments 0

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Revenue Minister Judith Collins says she has no plans to crack down on charities running businesses and avoiding tax. Companies like Sanitarium are often accused of not paying their fair share of tax because they’re owned by charitable organisations or churches, which are meant to use the profits for charitable purposes. Continue reading Related Posts:Judith Read more

Congregational Christian Church rejects tax proposal Comments 0

Monday, May 29th, 2017

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S), the largest christian denomination in Samoa, has rejected a proposal by the government to tax church ministers. At its annual conference last week a resolution was passed to present a letter to the government outlining the church’s objection. The rejection of the government’s plan was widely supported by the Read more

Government need to think hard before asking pastors to pay tax Comments 0

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Different churches in Samoa have their own systems for collecting money. So, to be fair, that has to take that into account when asking churches to pay tax. Samoa’s National Council of Churches does not have an official opinion on the plan by the Ministry of Revenue to tax pastors and clergy. “We will leave Read more

Samoan government considers making pastors pay tax Comments 0

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

The Samoan government is considering making church ministers pay tax. “We are now in the process of carrying out consultations with churches,” Samoa’s Minister of Revenue, Ti’alavea Tionisio Hunt says. “We already had a meeting with the Executive of the Samoa National Council of Churches where we discussed the issue,” He said he understood pastors Read more

Strange twist occurs in anti Tamaki protest Comments 0

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

An online campaign has been set up asking people to donate to Rainbow Youth using Bishop Brian Tamaki’s name. But Tamaki’s wife has tweeted, her husband will receive a tax return to the value of one third of every donation over $5. Rainbow Youth supporters were encouraged to make the donations in Tamaki’s name, using Read more

Deal could net $100m for Seventh day Adventist’s Sanitarium Comments 0

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Food giant Sanitarium, the tax-exempt manufacturer of Weet-Bix and Marmite, is expected to reap significant financial returns from the sale of a United States-based drug developer’s intellectual property to a Nasdaq-listed pharmaceutical firm. The deal could net Asklepion Pharmaceuticals – reportedly controlled by Sanitarium’s shareholder, the Seventh day Adventist Church – more than $100 million Read more

Church leaders concerned about new accommodation tax regime Comments 0

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Church leaders from all denominations will be meeting Revenue Minister Peter Dunne this week to discuss a Government decision to tax clergy on the market rental of the church provided houses they lived in. Although Catholic clergy will not be affected by the change because they are not paid, a Catholic Church spokeswoman said the church was supporting the other denominations. The church Read more