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URA Wins Shs1.5bn VAT Case In Landmark Ruling

Patience T Rubagumya, the URA Commissioner Legal Services and Board Affairs

Honourable Justice Stephen Mubiru, Head Commercial Division of the High Court has in a landmark ruling declared illegal, the attempts by Edulink Holdings Limited to execute UGX 1,536,011,193/= against Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) when the same was capped by law under Section 44 (5) of the VAT Act.

Uganda Revenue Authority had instituted this appeal from the decision and Orders of Her Worship Kanyange Susan dated 2nd February 2021, on grounds that the Learned Registrar erred in law when she dismissed Uganda Revenue Authority’s Application thereby granting a decree nisi to attach UGX 1,536,011,193/= from URA’s Bank accounts as interest payable, without following the law on capping of interest.

“The decision protects URA from any future claims by taxpayers who might think of recovering interest on principal VAT awards, over and above that capped by Law,”  said Ian Rumanyika, the Ag. Assistant Commissioner Public and Corporate Affairs at URA.

URA’s legal department headed by  Patience T Rubagumya, the URA Commissioner Legal Services and Board Affairs has in recent months won several tax related cases against big companies.

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