BEU TAXATION SERIES --- Part I The term “tax” originates from the Latin word ‘taxo’, which means to estimate. Tax is a financial levy or charge imposed on a taxpayer, which can be an individual or a business. Taxation dates back from 3000–2800 BC in Ancient Egypt. Various forms and systems of taxation have evolved since then. Bible holds several records of taxation, notably among these are: 1. The deliberate attempt of some Pharisees and Herodians to ensnare Jesus by his response to a delicate question on paying taxes posed to Him. They asked “Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar Augustus or not”. (Matthew 22: 17 NIV). Find out the Lord Jesus’ response in verse 21 of same chapter. 2. In another instance, tax collectors in Capernaum came asking Peter “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” (Matthew 17:24 NIV) 3. Matthew, one of Jesus’ twelve disciples and author of the Gospel of Matthew was a publican (tax collector) from Capernaum during Caesar Augustus’ reign. 4. Much earlier in the Old Testament of the Bible, mention is made of Joseph’s imposition of special levy on crop production in preparation against an imminent famine (Ref. Genesis 47:24). Taxation isn’t new to man, and just like times of old, has played very important roles in governance and developmental agenda of national governments all over the world. In the subsequent parts of this series from Monday 5th December, we will share some info on taxation in Ghana and some benefits of understanding the tax administration system in Ghana. REMEMBER to #Like #Share & #Comment. Also ask your questions in the comment box and we will be glad to respond.