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The country’s tax body, Uganda Revenue Authority has listed 22 top tax compliant companies and individuals for the 17th Tax Payers Appreciation Awards 2023 with Ugandans of Asian origin dominating the list.

The Board or URA, Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development and Government have also applauded the tax authority under John Musinguzi Rujoki for excellency, innovations and advancements that are not only broadening the tax base but also enhancing compliance.
URA Board chair Juma Kisaame, Ministry of Finance’s PS Ramathan Ggoobi, Finance Minister Matia Kasaija and his supervisor the Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja spoke strongly of the tax body that collected Ugx 134 billion in 1990/1991 at its inception but has grown to Ugx 25,567 trillion in 2022/23.
This reflects a tax to GDP growth rate of 14% up from 5% in 1990 still below the regional average of 18-20%.
Talking to taxpayers this morning, Ggoobi enumerated government’s achievements in Education, Public Administration, Peace, Security, education and health.
He attributed the landmarks to improved revenue collections.
According to Ggoobi, at least 90 percent of all parishes in Uganda have a primary school while 92 percent of all sub-counties have a secondary school. Life expectancy now stands at 63yrs up from 44years in 1998. Maternal Mortality rates are now at 189 deaths per 100,000 births down from 506 in 1987.
Hundreds of tax payers from across the country spent the day at the URA Headquarters in Nakawa Kampala at a colorful ceremony to celebrate the country’s economic Heroes of 2023.
The talk was Tax and compliance with speaker after speaker calling on Rujoki to broaden his tax base and ensure everyone is in the bracket to pay their fair share of tax.

 

Special Notes
Do not miss out on the waiver of interest and penalties for those who will make good their tax records and obligations before December 31. Visit the URA now before it gets late.
This is a message from Debu & Fi Initiatives, the media consortium on deepening economy and financial inclusion in Uganda.

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