In a plenary session on Thursday chaired by Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda said that as the world prepares to commemorate Press Freedom day on Friday, UCC is issuing draconian orders.
In its report to parliament, the Committee notes that even when the government proposal is intended to streamline the collection of rental tax and reduce revenue loss to government, it will increase the compliance burden on the property owners.
The report was presented by the Committee Chairperson Henry Musasizi in which other items like supply of imported crayons, rulers, technical drawings sets, laboratory chemicals and others were also exempted in order to reduce their cost.
The Finance Ministry tabled the Bill before parliament in March this year seeking to amend the Tax Procedures Code Act, 2014 to write off all tax arrears by government as at 30th June 2019. Government also sought to empower the Commissioner General of Uganda Revenue Authority to compound offenses and provide a list of returns filed with her office.
Government in the current financial year imposed a withholding tax of 1 percent tax on a person who makes a gross payment for agricultural supplies in excess of 1 million shillings. The tax is imposed on the gross amount of the payment.
The committee chaired by Aringa North MP Godfrey Onzima notes that no budget provision for wages, non-wage and Development for the new town councils and sub-counties has been availed apart from an earlier 50 million shillings that was released as start-up funds to only 100 town councils.
In its report to parliament accessed by Uganda Radio Network on the Finance Sector budget for the coming financial year, the Finance Committee chaired by Rubanda East MP, Henry Musasizi asked government to maintain a high degree of debt sustainability.
Members of Parliament sitting on the Education Committee have recommended a provision of Shillings 36 billion by government to the Education and Sports Ministry to kick-start the recruitment process of 22,000 primary teachers.
Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) is to get an additional Shillings 23billion in the coming financial year 2019/2020 budget. This is on top of the authority’s budgetary allocation of 431.26 billion shillings.
Members of Parliament sitting on the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee have recommended for the immediate amendment of the Advocacy Act in view of abolishing pre-entry exams to the Bar Course at Law Development Centre (LDC).
CSOs under the umbrella group Tax Justice Alliance Uganda demand that the 200 shillings per litre tax is maintained or even increased saying that the reduction in tax will lead to tremendous loss in government revenue.