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Kiwanuka Hands Down New Roles To URA

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However, the assessment will remain under the Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

“And as part of encouraging Ministries, Agencies and Departments which collect Non-Tax Revenue (NTR), some will be allowed to retain the NTR and use it at source,” said Kiwanuka while presenting her budget for the financial year 2013/14 on Thursday at Kampala Serena Hotel.

“However, this will be part of the funds appropriated by Parliament to them and their budgets will be reduced by the shortfall in case they fail to meet the targets,” she added.

Kiwanuka said URA has built a strong foundation for obtaining significant improvements in taxpayer compliance and tax revenue performance.

“Government has invested in Tax administration through building human capacity, modernization of systems and equipment. As a result, tax revenue performance has increased year on year by about 17 percent,” observed the minister, adding, “In the coming financial year and over the next three years, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) will build on this progress to obtain significant increase in tax compliance.”

The Authority will also intensify its efforts to enforce compliance on the different types of taxpayers, that is, large medium and small; continue expansion of the audit coverage to include the bulk of the largest traders and conduct joint audits in the domestic tax and customs departments to detect and sanction non-compliance and fraud in a number of taxes and also enforce the use of the Tax Identification Number for all traders who receive trading and other licenses and permits from KCCA and Local Governments.

URA has also been tasked to clean up the VAT register to ensure that only those capable of filing monthly and paying remain on the register.

In addition to the revenue targets that the Finance Ministry sets for URA, the former will put in place a wider suite of performance indicators in tax and customs to help URA Management monitor the results of the modernization program on a regular basis.

Kiwanuka said URA needs to have direct access to considerable information to determine a taxpayer’s liability.

In this regard, Government is to propose an amendment to the Financial Institutions Act to allow URA to access a taxpayer’s financial records, as an exception to the confidentiality provisions, where a bona fide tax audit or investigation has been initiated.

Tax perfomance

Kiwanuka noted with delight the contribution of all tax payers in contributing to the tremendous tax revenue performance.

URA boss Allen Kagina recently revealed that a steady reduction in cost of revenue collection from 2.40 percent in 2009/10 to 1.91 percent in 2011/12 due to “robust reforms undertaken from 2005 to date which have focused on three key areas of processes, systems and staff.”

During the previous financial year, URA rolled out eTAX services which included e-registration, e-filing, e-payments and mobile money tax payments; motor vehicle online services, upgrade of customs systems such as ASYCUDA++; 24 hour operations along major customs stations such as Kampala Customs Business Center (CBC), Entebbe Malaba, Busia, Katuna and Mutukula customs.

URA contributed 65 percent to the national budget with net revenue collections of Shs 6,208.35Bn in financial year 2011/12 which was above the projected contribution of 63 percent by 2 percentage points.

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