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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....
General Secretary Reverend Vavatau Taufao
Apia, SAMOA — The E.F.K.S. Church and the Government are on a collision course with General Secretary Reverend Vavatau Taufao declaring they are ready to face the “fury” of the Government.  The General Secretary said the E.F.K.S., with a membership of 56,818 people, made its decision at the end of...
Apia, SAMOA — The Government will seize church ministers’ personal assets prior to taking them to Court if they continue to defy the new tax law.  The warning comes from the Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, during an interview with Samoa Observer on the taxing of the alofa (offering)...
Congregational Christian Church parishioners
Apia, SAMOA — The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa says their defiant stance against the government's taxing of ministers won't change in the near future. The church has responded to a letter from the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi telling them the law will stand by saying if "...
 Congregational Christian Church ministers arriving at government house for a meeting with Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, and his cabinet on Monday.
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa government appears to have made a compromise in their ongoing efforts to implement a new law that will tax all church ministers. The Congregational Christian Church hit out at the law, saying ministers paying income tax went against its faith and it wouldn't pay. However...
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoa church's decision to ignore a law requiring ministers to pay income tax is stirring great debate in the country. The prime minister and the Congregational Christian Church, the country's biggest, are locked in a heated debate over the church's decision to flout the law, which...

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