The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has commended tax agents for supporting the revenue body with the mobilisation of revenue.
Addressing the tax agents’ fraternity at Mestil Hotel in Kampala, URA Commissioner General John Rujoki Musinguzi said they are partners with the tax body.
“The mission of growing our country’s tax to GDP ratio can’t allow us to leave any man behind, and we need all hands on deck to execute it. To work better together we must engage, listen to one another and devise new tactics where things are not working, in doing so we’ll be able to move from the staggering 13%/14% tax to GDP ratio,” he said.
In his remarks, the URA Commissioner IT and Innovation, Robert Mutebi, pledged to deliver a simplified taxpayer experience for every taxpayer as promised in the URA Digital ICT Strategy launched at the tail end of the last calendar year.
“We addressed the issue of individual tax registration with Instant TIN, which is working very well. Next, on the agenda is simplifying returns filing, we started with Presumptive tax by introducing the USSD Code. Now, all you do is dial *285# and make payments by generating a PRN,” he said.
“Our third objective is to further simplify tax payments wherever you may be and also improve accurate reporting,” he added.
In her presentation, the head of the URA Ledger Reconciliation Unit, Ag. Manager Christine Mirembe, walked the tax agents through URA’s transformational journey of tax ledger management since her inception in 1991 to date.
She shared the different tax laws and legal precedents and how they have influenced tax ledger management at the Authority.
“If you’ve got any issues with your ledger, kindly reach out to URA, and let’s support you! We thank you for supporting your taxpayers in taking advantage of the Section 40D waiver, and we look forward to a continued partnership,” Mirembe said.
The URA Commissioner for Domestic Taxes, Sarah M. Chelangat in her remarks thanked the agents for supporting taxpayers in meeting their tax obligations and urged them to share their feedback on their relationship with URA.
“As URA, we’re a service oriented entity eager to pick feedback from you, and we believe that this engagement is the right avenue to get it. We can’t develop Uganda without such partnerships. We need all the support we can get from you since you support our clients on a day to day basis.”
URA Commissioner General Musinguzi handed over the tools of office from the outgoing Tax Agents Registration Committee (TARC) to the new committee.
The TARC is mandated with acting as a bridge between the Authority and the tax agents fraternity. It also sets the guidelines to ensure integrity and professionalism in the fraternity.
The new Committee members are; Francis Kamulegeya, Georginah Kirabo, David Baliraine Kibumba, and Charles Lutimba.