GENERAL SECRETARY: Reverend Vavatau Taufao. (Inset) P.M. Tuilaepa S. Malielegaoi.

Church defiant, rejects Govt. law

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Church gets backing on tax position

The biggest denomination in Samoa, the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) has reportedly rejected the Government’s new law to tax the Head of State and Church Ministers. Although the church has yet to confirm its official position, reports from the Malua annual conference indicate that the church will continue to reject the law. Despite this, the Government has put out a notice that after 30 June 2018, they will start enforcing the law on people who continue to disobey. What do you think? Reporter, Adel Fruean asked members of the public today and this is what they said:

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Dear Editor, I offer my herein assessment regarding subject issue: I. II. Assessment A. Sample of a very basic department flow chart to encapsulate a direct approach method as well as streamlining numerous functions that could be tedious in the merging process.

Dear Editor, Re: Poverty and risking customary lands Our forefathers didn’t have PhD’s let alone a higher education like most of the supposedly well “indoctrinated,” I mean educated ones we have today with the exception of Dr. Fiu and others that brought this issue of customary land to the lime light.

Dear Editor, Re: Church, Govt. tax dispute I say hurray for the Pastors for standing up to the government, they are not for profit organizations, these are religious institutions and should be granted non profit status as they are serving the people and their religious beliefs.

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