It is such an imbalance that may be leading the Society to pursue whatever avenues are available in order to obtain money – even if this means contradicting its own previous writings on going into debt and the use of credit cards for accepting donations.

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The Society relies on wealthy countries for the bulk of its donations, but it is precisely these countries where growth is slowing down arguably as a result of wider online availability of objective information about Watchtower and its history through sites such as JWfacts.

Conversely, growth in poor countries where there is little or no internet continues to flourish, causing a further drain on diminishing donated funds.

The ban is a response to new EU rules that make it illegal for all businesses, including HM Revenue and Customs, to pass on the 1.5 per cent fees that banks charge to process each credit card payment.

As a result, instead of covering the cost of the charges itself, HMRC has banned the use of personal credit cards when making a payment.

Now closing them is excused as a “simplification” and an opportunity for former branch workers to engage more in the preaching work.

Reasons for Watchtower’s downsizing will always be speculative, but a likely cause may be found in the relentless spread of the internet.

The Watch Tower Society has started to accept credit card donations directly via its official website,

Anyone with a credit card billing address in the United States, Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands can now set up an account on to make payments to the Society if they so wish.

An Embarrassing U-turn The Society’s recent embracing of credit cards as a means of accepting donations raises eyebrows for two main reasons. By accepting credit card donations, the Society are basically suggesting that it is okay for you to go into debt with your credit card provider in order to contribute to their work.

Considering the number of articles published by the Society about avoiding debt and living within your means, it is curious that they should now effectively encourage going into debt so long as they stand to benefit.

The timing of the ban is likely to cause problems for some of the 11 million people aiming to complete their annual tax return by the January 31 deadline.