Uganda: Ura Plans to Extend Covid-19 Tax Administrative Measures

Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has said that it will extend most of the administrative measures created in light of covid-19 pandemic to encourage tax compliance from the public.

Mr John Musinguzi, the commissioner general (CG) URA while addressing journalists at the end of the year, revealed that the taxman is considering extending the measures into 2021.

“The administrative decisions or incentives put by URA, we are already reviewing those and we shall be happy to extend some of these into the next year. We shall extend a number of these such as alternative dispute resolution, voluntary disclosure among others,” he said as they foresee more adverse effects of Covid-19 on the economy in the second half of the financial year.

According to the CG, the measures have proved important and useful to both the tax payers and authority.

URA unveiled the measures at the beginning of this financial year with the aim of boosting compliance amongst taxpayers. However, the measures such as voluntary disclosure had deadlines.

Voluntary disclosure

Voluntary disclosure is a tax compliance enhancing measure introduced by URA during the 2020/21 financial year after the amendment of Section 66 of the Tax Procedures Code act 2014.

The programme pardons tax payers from interest or fines once they voluntarily disclose taxes that ought to have been paid earlier on but were not disclosed or were partially disclosed.

Voluntary disclosure only applies if the taxpayer has not been prompted by URA through tax investigations, audits or visits.