Uganda Revenue Authority-URA has been challenged to sensitise the public on Tax Assessment Procedures
During their URA public engagement in Masaka district on Friday,
taxi payers through the Masaka municipality member of Parliament Mathias Mpuuga
Nsamba raised concerns of the unclear computation of income tax rates levied on
Under the provisions of Income Tax Amendment Act of 2017, URA
charges a 10% tax on businesspersons earning monthly incomes exceeding shillings
235,000. The rate increases to 20% and 30% when the chargeable amounts exceed
Shillings 335,000 and 410,000 respectively.
However, according to Mpuuga, the tax has largely remained unclear
and creates a lot of ambiguity among the business communities.
He demands URA not to take advantage of the apparent ignorance of
the taxpayers to exploit them, but to perform its obligation of orienting them
about the tax.
//Cue in: “the salient complaints…..
Cue out; …..this tax.”//
//Cue in: “bwewaba nga compliance……
Cue out; ……teguli clear gyebali.”//
Mpuuga, on the other hand, asked Doris Akol, the Commissioner
General of URA to work out a program of further simplifying the tax language
such that ordinary taxpayer can clearly understand their obligations which will,
in turn, improve compliance levels.
//Cue in “eky’okubiri tulina…….
Cue out; …….kitegeeza musolo.”//
Jolly Kasande, a wholesale shop operator in Sembabule district and Denis
Masembe a trader in Masaka town bemoaned what they called exorbitant tax
levies, some of which they want reviewed.
Masembe argues that they are being affected by the multiple taxes
charged on them coupled with high costs of running their businesses, something
that my throw many of them out trade.