Members of the New Methodist Church have a compulsory obligation to give 10% of their earnings to the Church as tithing.
Those earning $300 and less are currently below the $15,000 tax threshold, which means they don't pay PAYE. They will have to contribute $30 a week towards the Church, apart from the 8% deduction for FNPF.
For those earning more than $15,000 per annum, they have to contribute 10% from their gross salary, apart from 8% FNPF contribution and tax deductions of 15%, 22% and 31% depending on their scale of income.
Sources say those earning incomes below $15,000 are struggling and are already borrowing their pay in advance to meet the basic needs of their families.