The Imo State government has announced that all religious organizations in the state will henceforth be taxed.
Addressing a press conference, on Thursday, in Owerri, the state capital, the commissioner for Internally Generated Revenues, IGR, and Pension matters, Dr Orikaeze Vitalis Ajumbe, disclosed that every religious body that does business in the state will be taxed.
Mr Ajumbe said: “Every church in the state must pay tax. Every one of them that does business in the state must be taxed. Whether they run schools or other establishments, we will tax them.
“Only the offerings will be not be taxed”, he added.
Dr Ajumbe said it was to make government meet up with its responsibility of paying the workers salaries, building of infrastructures and rendering good governance to the people.
He also asserted that with the fall of the crude oil price in the international market, the state government must continue to look inwards in order to meet up with its obligations to the people.
He urged everybody in the state to promptly pay their tax.