City Traders Sensitised On Taxes


illness geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) was forced to suspend the paying of trading licenses demanding that all the parties involved in this process which include; KCCA, URA and Uganda Registration Service Bureau sensitise them on various forms of taxes.

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Ezra Sebwuufu, a senior Revenue Officer from KCCA, made it clear that the main reason why they decided to join with URA and URSB in collection of trade licenses was to fulfil President Museveni’s request of saving traders’ time that would be wasted in visiting URA.

“It is a legal requirement that all businesses operating in Kampala acquire trading licenses with TIN numbers. After noticing that most of our traders are ever busy, we decided to have URA on board in the same way we move with URSB to register businesses,” Sebwuufu said.

He further noted that this team work with various stakeholders in tax collection has not only saved businessmen’s time but has also reduced on the expenditure by these government bodies.

“We are working hard as KCCA to improve on our law enforcement team but at the same time, I would like to request all businessmen to be cooperative whenever they are approached by our team.”

Jamil Senyonjo, a Commissioner from URA, advised traders to always advocate for their rights by legally challenging high tax assessment whenever it is imposed on them.

“However, don’t dodge paying withholding tax because this tax is not for the government but it is kept for the payer’s benefit,” he advised.

Hajji Asadhu Kigozi, the Head of Enforcement in URA, advised all traders to embrace the new Electronically Cargo Tracking System to replace the cash deposit system for the goods in transit.

“All businessmen using Mombasa port have been required to deposit for the goods transported to Uganda not less than Shs 400,000 which will later be refunded in a period of 10 days after the port authority confirming that the goods have reached Kampala. With the new system, one will only be required to pay $70 and the electronic devices will do the monitoring.”


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