URA Commissioner General, John Musinguzi speaking at the awards ceremony
Uganda Revenue Authority has on Friday recognized most complaint taxpayers in 2021 at a high-end gathering at the Authority’s headquarters in Nakawa, Kampala. The tax body also recognized strategic partners.
URA Commissioner General, John Musinguzi described the moment as special.
“One of the reasons why this is special is that as an organization it is a crowning moment for a series of events that we have been having to celebrate 30 years of existence. We started this season on the 15th of September at Kololo airstrip when we had a thanksgiving ceremony to celebrate the small and medium taxpayers across the country and extending a hand in a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) to a number of institutions. So, today marks the end of that season of celebration and appreciation of our valued partners in the journey of developing our nation,” Musinguzi said.
Speaking as Chief Guest, Finance Minister Matia Kasaija asked taxpayers to give Caesar what belongs to Caesar and give God what belongs to God.
Kasaija said through taxes, government is able to build roads, hospitals, schools, security and finance on its own budget.
Currently, he said that Uganda finances only 50% of her budget, meaning that he has to borrow the remaining 50%. As a result, he said the aim is now to increase the tax to GDP ratio from the current 13% to about 20%.
To this, he called upon taxpayers to continue paying taxes because it is not a sin to do so but a contribution towards building Uganda and businesses.
Below are the different companies and individuals that URA awarded
1st runner-up: Davis & Shirtliff
2nd runner-up: Housing Finance Bank
Winner: Citi Bank
Strategic Media Partner: New Vision
Strategic MDA: URSB
Strategic MDA: UPDF
Strategic Professional Body: International Institute of Internal Auditors and SEATINI
African Tax administrators’ forum
Classic Africa Safaris
Pride Microfinance Bank
Michael Kimoni (Individual)
Mbale DLG (Eastern Region)
United Worldwide Forwarders (Eastern Region)
Rajbir Rai Singh (Individual – Eastern region)
St. Jude Children’s Home (Northern Region)
Christopher Dau (Individual – Northern Region)
Millenium Security Ltd (Western region)
Goodman Muhangi (Individual – Western Region)
Fido dido (Manufacturing)
MDA: Mbarara University of Science and Technology
Wholesale: Home Uganda Ltd and Royal Pharma Uganda Ltd
Agriculture: Incafex Ranches Uganda
Real Estate: Madati (Individual)
Uganda Clays – Large taxpayer (Construction)
Country Motel, Koboko
United Bank for Africa Uganda Ltd (UBA)
Nice House of Plastics
Lifetime Achievers awards
Ruparelia Group of Companies
Mext Media Services