Category Taxation in Samoa

Samoan Chruch Tax Stoush Escalates

July 18, 2018 Taxation in Samoa

Church tax in SamoaAPIA – Samoa’s biggest church continues to deny that its ministers should be taxed, and now the church is even refusing to talk about the topic.

The ongoing battle between the government of Samoa and the nation’s biggest church, the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa, has taken another turn, as the church appears to have refused to talk about the matter until next year.

Earlier this year the government enacted a new law which would require church ministers to register to pay income tax, and to pay the tax on the money they receive while carrying out their duties.

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa contests that the money that ministers receive is all in the form of donation and shouldn’t be taxed, and, further, the thought of taxing the donations is an affront to their...

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Samoa’s Tax Stand Off Continues

July 12, 2018 Taxation in Samoa

Church tax in SamoaAPIA – The tax dispute between the Samoan state and the Samoan church is continuing, with the government now threatening to confiscate minister’s assets.

The Prime Minister of Samoa Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has said that the government is not ruling out the potential confiscation of assets from church ministers, if they do not comply with the new tax rules regarding incomes from donations made by church-goers.

Earlier this year the government of Samoa announced that it will consider payments made to church ministers to be income, and, as such, to be liable for income taxes.

Samoa’s largest church contested that the payments are donations, and therefore should not be taxed, and added further that paying tax on the income is an insult to the faith.

The Church is maintaining that its...

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Samoa’s Church and State Settle Tax Stoush

June 28, 2018 Taxation in Samoa

Church tax in SamoaAPIA – The stand-off between the church and the state in Samoa may have come to an end, as the government backs down over its intention to tax church ministers.

The government of Samoa and the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa appear to have settled their standing dispute regarding the taxation of Ministers.

Earlier this year the government enacted new regulations which would make ministers liable to pay income taxes on the money they make as donations from their congregation.

Over the course of this week, the parliament of Samoa rushed through a new bill which amends the initial rules on the taxation of Ministers.

Under the new rules, Ministers will not pay income tax on the monies they receive as donations from funerals, weddings and other traditional occasions.

The Church has ...

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Samoan Church Choosing to Ignore New Taxes

May 31, 2018 Taxation in Samoa

Church tax in SamoaAPIA – During a recent Assembly, the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa has announced that it intends to ignore the government’s new tax on the income of ministers.

Samoa is seeing an escalation in the controversy surrounding the church taxes, as the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa has outright refused to comply with the newly announced tax on ministers’ incomes.

Earlier this year the government of Samoa passed new regulations requiring church ministers to pay income tax on the earnings they receive from their congregation.

The church claimed that it will need to discuss the impact of the tax and their possible reaction during their General Assembly, which was held last week.

It was the decision of the Church to not pay the tax, and to reject the system entirely, as the...

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Ministers Face Taxation in Samoa

June 6, 2017 Taxation in Samoa

Church tax in SamoaAPIA – The clergy of Samoan churches may soon have to pay tax on the monetary gifts that they are given, despite protestation from the churches and members of the public.

The government of Samoa has now approved legislation which will force church ministers in the country pay taxes.

Currently, personal donations made to the ministers by people within their congregation are not taxed on personal donations made to them due to their work in the church.

The government hopes to tax such donations, as it sees the funds as being an income and believes that all individuals in the country should pay their share of the national tax burden.

The government has allowed a tax-free threshold to be implemented, with ministers who earn less than USD 7 500 being allowed to forego paying taxes in the offer...

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