The Zimbabwe Christian Ministers Association Matabeleland South chapter has expressed mixed feelings over taxation of churches, saying while other denominations are making profits, others have not been spared by the prevailing economic difficulties.
This comes as the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) officials met pastors drawn from various parts of Matabeleland South Province to educate them on changes in legislation which pertains to taxation of the church.
Addressing members of the Zimbabwe Christian Ministers Association in Gwanda, ZIMRA Domestic Taxes Specialist, Mr Amen Hove explained that prior to the amendment of tax laws in 2016, there was no legislation empowering the organisation to collect taxes from churches on behalf of the government.
However, the new developments will see churches involved in trade and investment activities being taxed.
In response, the pastors said while they appreciate that tithes, donations and free will offerings will not be affected by the legislation, most traditional churches do not generate much income from their business related activities.
ZIMRA has been meeting church representatives to clear grey areas regarding the taxation of the church.