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Taxpayers To Win Prizes As URA Officially Launches ‘Mpa E-Receipt Yange’ Campaign

URA officials led by Commissioner General, John Musinguzi (2nd Left) officially launching the ‘Mpa E-Receipt Yange’ Campaign. Consumers have been asked to demand for digital receipts after purchasing items

The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has officially unveiled the ‘Mpa E-Receipt Yange’ Campaign that is intended to empower all taxpayers to demand for receipts at the point of purchase. This will go a long way in reducing on tax evasion and boosting revenue collections.

While unveiling the ‘Mpa Receipt Yange’ campaign at URA headquarters in Kampala today, John Musinguzi, the URA Commissioner General, said that the new development is part of Government’s effort towards self-sustenance and reduce on borrowing to fund the budget.

He added that this will also help businesses to improve on their record keeping because the receipts will give an actual picture on the volumes of goods and services sold to the consumers.

“This campaign is about cultivating a culture of accountability and a culture of record keeping which are two important ingredients for any economy to succeed and for any economy to develop. We need to have accurate records for us to know the growth of our businesses and consumers to know what we are spending and for what, as you know record keeping hasn’t been part of our culture in Uganda,” Musinguzi said.

He added that the new campaign will further enable the Authority give an accountability of the taxes they are collecting because the new electronic system will give URA an update on items being sold by all businesses and in future, there will be no need to file returns as is the current practice.

Musinguzi also admitted that although the electronic tax payment was launched in 2020, there has been low uptake of the innovation which he attributed to the failure by some businesses to purchase the technology required by URA to assess their taxes.

John Musinguzi, the URA Commissioner General, speaking at the event

“Some businesses haven’t had money to buy the electronic physical device or if they have the money, they have other things to spend on than invest in technology. So as URA, we are working around this challenge to see if we can have the technology that is easier to deploy without demanding these businesses to spend on the devices which they hadn’t budgeted for,” he said.

Sarah Chelangat, Commissioner Domestic Taxes at URA explained that the electronic tax receipts are intended to end the current practice of demanding for physical receipts and transition to real time transactions that can be monitored by both the Authority and business owners and will make tax collection easier.

“Let us be patriots in this agenda to moblise revenue, by asking for the E-receipt. Actually the greatest test in patriotism is in paying taxes. Over the years, there has been substantial improvement of VAT collections because of the Electronic system. So far in domestic revenue especially VAT, we have seen VAT grow by about 43%, we can have this one grow to up to 100% if each one of us embraces the E-receipts,” she said.

The latest campaign is part of the cocktail of domestic revenue moblisation strategies that government has embarked on ton contain tax evasion in Uganda, with one of the strategies including legislation where Parliament in April 2023 approved the proposed amendment to the Tax Procedures Code Bill 2023 giving URA powers to impose a fine of Shs100M or jail term of 10years for individuals or companies who tamper with digital stamps.

Ugandans have been urged to demand for digital receipts after purchasing items

The campaign will see some taxpayers win prizes including motorcycles, laptops, a trip for two within Uganda tourism sites.

During the press briefing, the Commissioner General also revealed that URA has so far collected Shs21.4Trn in taxes for the 2022/2023 and is targeting to collect the Shs2.4Trn within the two weeks before the end of this financial year on 30th June.

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