<vote /> Speaking after donating 3 000 chicks to communities in Nketa-Emganwini constituency in Bulawayo on Sunday,Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, condemned the taxing of churches by Government since the church was already paying tithes to God.

Mphoko said,

"Churches in fact pay tithes to God and they have a way of doing it and therefore I believe taxing them is something strange. Churches should only pay tithes to God and as a Christian I don't think it is the right thing. How do you tax churches? They pay tithes to God and you go on to tax them? I surely don't understand that."

Zimra posted a notice on their website stating that churches and religious organisations were required to perform certain statutory and tax obligations as prescribed in the respective legislative provisions. The revenue collector also warned that if churches failed to comply they would be forced to pay penalties and interest.

The Finance Act that was signed by President Mugabe in November last year provides for the taxation of any ecclesiastical, charitable or educational institution.

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