The latest issue of The Watchtower carries this statement:
"Because of the poor economic conditions in some parts of the world, many struggle to provide the bare necessities of life for their families............ Many of our Christian brothers and sisters are in that situation. Without help from fellow believers, they simply could not afford such things as Christian publications or suitable Kingdom Halls." (November 1, 2001 issue, page 30)
Notice the highlighted words "could not afford the publications". Clearly the WTS understands that the distribution of literature is done for a price, else it would not be necessary for the poor to be in a position of being deprived of publications because "they simply could not afford such things".
How does this 'sit' with the Society's procedures for the Donation arrangement? Aren't literature items distributed free and "goodwill offerings" or donations to the "World Wide Work" accepted? Are these 'donations' obligatory?
The Society avoids sales tax/Value Added Tax/Goods and Services Tax by the 'device' of treating all income as donations which are exempt of tax for a religious body. However, religious organisations are liable for such taxes for the sale of literature items.
So which is it, for the WTS? Is literature really distributed freely? It appears not from these incriminating words in the magazine.
"It's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."