Impose Church Tax on Kayanja Followers

“The Bible says ‘bring the 10% to the house of God, so there may be food,’” he said, adding that he had been able to build the magnificent Cathedral and completed many other projects through the tithe.

Kayanja is quoted as having demanded a 10 percent cut from Uganda’s national budget to be allocated to the house of God, aka the houses of gods – self-proclaimed men and women of GAD (spelling how it sounds when they say it).

The demand from Kayanja has provoked outrage, but one thinks Uganda is missing an opportunity here. You know how the teachings apparently say that God works in mysterious ways? Or that God’s answers to ones prayers may not be exactly what one asks for but one must accept God’s answer for God knows better? One thinks this is one such situation.

Kayanja’s demand has revealed that a lot of taxable income is not being taxed.His followers tithed to him sufficient funds to build a magnificent cathedral and more. Was this money that was tithed considered as income and therefore taxed? Was it money that had already been taxed when his followers gave it to him? Did Uganda Revenue Authority investigate?

But we need not get into all of that. Let us go forward. It is a general understanding that tithing is a very personal thing which is based on one giving some of one’s INCOME towards supporting those that are doing the work of God. Kayanja’s demand is the first one hears of tithe on the basis of an abstract BUDGET.

In some other countries in which global-western religiousness is more evolved, as some have argued, the State assist the church to collect tithe in form of tax – Church Tax. According to Wikipedia Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy and Sweden do so.

In all of these cases Church Tax is collected from persons who proclaim that they are of a particular congregation. Which congregation or Church for this matter is recognized as such by the State. The State then gives the Church the taxes that its members pay. And because this is being done by the State it is clear that the income that the Churches receive from their members is taxed income.

Furthermore, even when the state takes a share of the overall Government income and gives it to the Church, it does so on the basis of the numeric membership or the congregation of the Church. This is an great opportunity for the State to explore Church Tax, starting with the members of Kayanja’s church.

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