TAX EXPERTS CALL UPON URA TO SCALE UP ITS BARAZAS, INFORMATION AND ECUDATION DISSEMINATION PROGRAMS TO HAVE MANY MORE UGANDANS PAY TAXES

Tax experts have urged Uganda Revenue Authority  (URA) to intensify its civic engagement programs to educate and inform Ugandans about the importance of paying taxes on time especially among the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to boost tax revenue collection in the country.

The experts  also called upon Uganda’s  tax body to ramp-up its on going tax barazas and simplify its registration processes like obtaining Tax Identification numbers (TINS) and ensure that its online (E-services) are simplified and user friend to stamp out corruption .

One of the experts  Gyaviira Busulwa, attributed the failure by some  SMEs to meet their tax obligations to lack of information about the tax laws  and procedures.

He said that URA should  exhibit professionalism in handling tax payers and matters especially when dealing  with SMEs who lack information and knowledge about the tax laws and procedures .  “ The  people don’t know because of our poor tax compliance culture and majority don’t resources to hire tax experts, accountants and auditors.

Thaddeus Naggenda from Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) said  his traders will be mobilise to formalize their businesses  and make it easy to pay taxes .

Ms.Hafsa Seguya   who represented  Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) urged the business community to file their tax returns for the financial year 2021/2022 and meet their tax obligation on time avoid penalties .

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