By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Government has denied imposing taxes on religious centres in the state.
The State Government, through the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor, Mr. Ismail Omipidan on Wednesday said there was no law that compels government to tax churches, mosques and shrines.
A Bishop in the state, Bishop Seun Adeoye had alleged that the State Government was planning to impose taxes on religious centres in the state.
Bishop Adeoye claimed that the Department of Internal Generated Revenue in the state had on September 12, 2019 announced its intention to place taxes on religious centres in the state.
But the State Government said it was possible Bishop Adeoye misconstrued the information that was aired.
According to Omipidan, “Osun state government did not at any time asked religious centres to pay tax.
“There was no law that compels government to tax churches, mosques and shrines and the state government would not do what is not constitutional.
“The person that spoke on the television programme was referring to shopping malls and institutions owned by religious centres that they would pay income tax. It was possible Bishop Adeoye misconstrued the person.