The Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Frank Tumwebaze has today launched an automated revenue collection system dubbed the e-logRev that is aimed at increasing revenue collections and efficiency gains in local tax administration.
The E-logRev is an online tool for local tax payers’ registration, payment assessments, e-payment, reconciliation, enforcement, reporting and integration with other government agencies.
During the launch at Hotel Africana, Tumwebaze said the system will reduce on dependency on the central government in transferring of data and funds and also improve transparency in revenue management “since there is no person required to collect money on behalf of revenue collection body.”
The ICT Minister also lauded the Ministry of Local Government for embracing technology, noting that an increase of online services leads to the lowering of broadband costs.
“Few people consuming internet has led to high costs of data. I will encourage communication companies to increase on the connectivity of reliable internet to the remotest village in this country,” he said.
“You can’t know what ICT requires unless when expose it to a problem for solution; technology is unavoidable, you will resist it but one day it will disrupt or harass you, embrace the trend,” Tumwebaze added.
Speaking at the same function local government state minister Jennifer Namuyangu Kacha, said the e-collection of taxes is an effective tool, noting that since the Uganda Revenue Authority launched the E-payment system in 2009, the tax body had increased local revenue collection from Shs 4.4b to Shs 6.6b.