URA Targets 80,000 New Clients

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Akol says the Authority will focus on rental tax collection. According to Akol, there are many people making money, which isnt captured.She says that they will work with other companies like National Water and Sewerage Company and Umeme to truck down records of landlords.

Uganda Revenue Authority is targeting an estimated 80,000 new clients to meet its targeted Shillings 13.1 trillion tax collection, the Commissioner General Doris Akol has revealed.




According to Akol, they intend to put a lot of emphasis on the tax register expansion from Kampala to 34 Municipalities outside of Kampala.
 

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Akol says the Authority will focus on rental tax collection. According to Akol, there are many people making money, which isn't captured.
 

She says that they will work with other companies like National Water and Sewerage Company and Umeme to truck down records of landlords.
 

Akol called upon clinics, drug shops, saloons, garage owners to pay taxes by 30 of June since their request for a flat tax rate was granted.

 
She also say they will also focus on the trade sector since a lot of revenue is leaking because people are not keeping records and are not making actual declarations.

 
She says they will deploy electronic billing machines in a phased manner so that people issue receipts which pass through the billing machines, and information matched by the VAT payements and declarations.

 
In the International trade area, Akol states that the rolling out of Electronic cargo transit will intensify monitoring of cargo to stop dumping, which affects the level playing field for those that have imported their goods.

Meanwhile Everest Kayondo, the Chairperson Kampala City Trader Assosciation-KACITA says although Government is improving on efforts on taxation, it should also work on value for the tax collected. He says Government should not increase the number of ministers who will be paid by tax payer's money.

 

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