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URA Launches Pay Way Platform to Ease Tax Collection

URA Commissioner General, Doris Akol

Tax collecting body Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has launched yet another convenient payment system through which its clients will file their returns in an effort to further its efficiency.

While launching the new system on Monday, drugs http://closdescapucins.fr/wp-includes/class-simplepie.php URA Commissioner General said tax payers will now be able to use the Pay Way platform to reduce the delays in bank payments. Akol referred to the development as “another milestone service for the Authority.”

Pay Way is the latest electronic channel of payment by URA a year after the Authority in collaboration with telecom giant MTN unveiled the MTN Mobile Money platform. URA also has the ‘Ask URA’ App which enables clients to easily interact with, pills http://daylesfordartshow.com.au/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/upgrade.php learn about services and ask questions.

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“URA wants to make it easy and convenient for compliance. We are keen on meeting our clients’ needs to improve service delivery especially for those in rural areas and border points, http://csnn.ca/wp-includes/class-wp-simplepie-sanitize-kses.php ” she said.

She urged Ugandans to embrace such electronic and digitized innovations adding that they present an opportunity for government to tap into the informal sector.

According to Akol, 2 million payments were made using URA’s e-payment platforms such as MTN Mobile Money in the 2015/16 financial year amounting to Ugshs 10 trillion.

“Sometimes people arrive in the country late in the night and need to pay customs duties and VAT yet there are no banks at airport or border posts. Now they’ll be able to do that through the various Pay Way retailers.”

The Commissioner General Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Doris Akol (2nd R) inserts a note in a Pay Way machine as Jyotiranjan Misha (L) the CEO Pay Way and others observe during the launch on Monday.

The Commissioner General Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Doris Akol (2nd R) inserts a note in a Pay Way machine as Jyotiranjan Misha (L) the CEO Pay Way and others observe during the launch on Monday.

The Chief Executive Officer of Pay Way, Jyotiranjan Misha who also attended the launch said that digitization of services is critical in Uganda since 80 percent of transactions made are in cash. Currently, Pay Way has a footprint of 1,500 retailers across the country especially in major towns but seeks to expand to 1,000 more retailers.

“Our services are prompt and are available 24/7 and more importantly clients get printed confirmation of payment instantly. We shall establish more Pay Way machines at border points where URA has presence,” the Pay Way boss added.

At the same event, URA also launched the Electronic Service Catalogue, an online based platform that will provide all of the Authority’s services to clients. The Commissioner General said that this catalogue will ease access to information as well as empower clients through self-service.

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