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The federal government may soon move to tax religious bodies, especially churches and mosques over their ownership of profit oriented commercial ventures.

This is even as the Primate of the Anglican Communion (Church of Nigeria) says that churches operating income-generating businesses should pay tax to the government.

According to him, the church on its own is a charity organization, and there is no need to pay taxes on it, but if the church has an establishment that generates income, such a church should pay tax to government.

He also noted, that “There should be a way of regulating ownership of churches. The Jonathan administration has given the mandate to CAN and NSCIA. If any of these organisations have hotels, schools and other outfits like bakery, we have to pay tax,” he stated.

The cleric, who spoke with journalists in Abuja on Thursday, said “The church is a registered charity organisation, not minding one person owning a church. What is bringing the issue of taxation is the one-man ownership of some churches. Since the church is a charity organisation, there is no need to pay tax. But if the church has an establishment that generates income, such a church should pay tax to government”.

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