27 Dec 2018

Samoa govt gets tougher on tax avoiding church ministers

3:51 pm on 27 December 2018

Samoa's revenue minister plans to further tighten the screws on the country's largest church, where 19 ministers already face court for tax evasion.

The Congregational Christian Church is refusing to abide by a new law that requires pastors to pay income tax for the first time.

The Revenue Minister, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, said those who have been charged will likely face further charges for not paying tax between June and November.

The current charges are for the period from January to May 2018.