URA Impounds Pioneer Buses Over Unpaid Taxes

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Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has impounded 98 buses belonging to Pioneer Easy Bus over failure by the company to clear outstanding tax debts amounting to 8 billion shillings.

Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has impounded 98 buses belonging to Pioneer Easy Bus over failure by the company to clear outstanding tax debts.

The buses were impounded by the URA manager in charge of debt collection Abdu Salaam Waiswa after Pioneer Bus failed to honour a memorandum of understanding with the tax authority for outstanding taxes amounting to 8 billion Uganda shillings. The money was to be paid after the importation of the buses in March last year.
 
A statement from URA says the tax body has executed a warrant of distress against Pioneer Easy Bus by impounding all their buses due to failure to pay tax arrears amounting to 8 billion shillings.

The statement also adds that the bus company has a deadline of two days to clear a substantial amount of the debt. URA has also threatened to auction the buses if the tax dispute is not resolved in the given time.

The warrant of distress was issued by the commissioner of customs, Richard Kamajugo, authorizing Spear Link Auctioneers and court Bailiffs to attach all movable assets of Pioneer Easy Bus Company.

Pioneer Easy bus company official line of communication could not provide anyone to comment on the matter.

Pioneer Buses have also been in separate row with Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) over a two-billion shilling tax dispute which is yet to be resolved.

The buses came on the road early last year to fix chaos in public transport in Kampala after city taxi drivers planned to stage a strike to protest monthly charges by KCCA.

 

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Raymond Mujuni
Raymond Mujuni is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Mujuni has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Presently a Law student at Makerere University, Kampala, Mujuni started out as a freelancer for URN in 2012.

Mujuni is an investigative journalist, especially interested in Security, Science and Technology. An avid sports fan, Mujuni volunteers with the charity organisation 40 Days/40 Smiles.