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Malua Jubilee church temple dedication.
Apia, SAMOA — Donations to Samoa's Congregational Christian Church from its members have increased by more than US$400,000. Samoa's largest church is currently in a bitter dispute with the government over its ministers' refusal to pay income tax, which has led to several pastors being brought...
The delegates leaving the conference room after the week-long conference
Apia SAMOA — The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) General Assembly has agreed to put aside ST$1 million talā for the legal fees of church ministers charge for not paying government taxes. The CCCS General Secretary, Reverend Vavatau Taufao who has been re-elected to the position...
 Congregational Christian Church of Samoa pastors
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's District court has set 1st July to start a hearing for twenty pastors of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa after they entered not guilty pleas over refusing to pay income taxes. The matter was called today for hearing of stay of proceedings and quash of charges...
CCCS church ministers
Apia, SAMOA — Church Ministers from the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa that are appearing in the District Court on tax evasion charges were only charged for the January to May, 2018 period.  There are also another set of charges against the same defendants for the period June to November...
Samoa Congregational Christian Church ministers
Apia, SAMOA — The first hearing of a tax-evasion case against church ministers of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa has been adjourned until February 5 next year to allow counsel to take instructions. Nine ministers, including the chairman Elder Tauti'aga Senara, appeared in the District...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has cautioned the General Secretary of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.), Reverend Vavatau Taufao, to leave politics to politicians. Prime Minister Tuilaepa offered the warning during his weekly media conference...
Apia, SAMOA — The general secretary of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa, Vavatau Taufao, says church elders will no longer respond to the government's decision to tax money gifted by church members to church ministers. The secretary's statement follows Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele...
Samoan Congregational Christian Church parishioners
Samoa's prime minister has continued his criticism of the leadership of the country's largest church, as a dispute over income tax grows increasingly heated. On July 1, a new law kicked in which requires church ministers and the head of state to pay income tax. But pastors for the Congregational...
 Faulalo Leti
Apia, SAMOA — The Methodist Church of Samoa says it fully supports a new law requiring church ministers to pay tax. The church's general secretary, Faulalo Leti, said its General Conference had opted to support the law. Reverend Leti said the church understands the taxes will be used to develop...
Prime Minister  Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA —Claims that government deliberately passed a new amendment in the tax  laws giving government the authority to seize the personal assets and bank accounts from EFKS reverends, who will not be paying taxes are absolutly far from the truth, says Prime Minister  Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr....

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