Pros and Cons of Taxing Churches in Zimbabwe

One of the major rationales of not taxing churches Zimbabwe is that the church is a non-profit making organisation, states Gutu

According to Obert Gutu, one of the major rationales of not taxing churches Zimbabwe is that the church is a non-profit making organisation.

Gutu, who states that nonprofit organisations are exempt from income and other taxes because their principal purpose is not profit oriented, adding that taxing churches would be discriminatory as there are other nonprofit making groups, such as political organisations, non-governmental organisations, and social welfare and service organisations which are also exempt from tax.

He adds that requiring churches to pay taxes would place government above churches and therefore endanger free expression and violate the provisions of Section 60 of the country’s constitution, which recognises freedom of conscience and religion.

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