Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has awarded taxpayers and partners that have voluntarily fulfilled their tax obligations in the financial year 2019/2020.
These were awarded at the Tax Payers Appreciation ceremony that was held at Mestil Hotel on Friday under the theme ‘celebrating the taxpayers of Uganda’.
Among those awarded; SBC Uganda Limited scooped the Excel Award, National Water and Sewage Corporation, Mari Junior College staff scooped the CG’s Strategic Partner, BBS TV won the Strategic Media Partner award, Muhumuza Kyamutetera bagged the individual media strategic partner while Bank of Uganda took home the Supportive Government MDA award.
Speaking at the event, the URA Commissioner General Musigunzi noted that although the Covid-19 pandemic has negatively affected the economy and businesses, there was hope that the economy would stand and recover with homemade solutions and input from all Ugandans.
“The Covid-19 Pandemic has taught us that in every challenge, there is an opportunity. We are aware of the impact the pandemic has done to businesses but also know that solutions to dust ourselves up are within the nation,” he said.
He further applauded the taxpayers that have continued to pay their taxes despite the disruption caused by the pandemic.
“We thank you for voluntarily adhering to your tax obligations during the financial year 2019/2020. Your compliance is a testimony of your devotion to your country. You are indeed our economic heroes and we celebrate you,” he said.
“We thank the government for particularly allowing inflow of goods, encouraging food production and sesitising the public about the pandemic and the need to observe the SOPs” he added.
The Chairman, URA Board of Directors Juma Kisaame noted that the tax body has been able to perform well in the first half of 2020/2021 financial year despite the challenges.
“Because of you, we were able to collect Shs 4.2 trillion in the first quarter of this financial year. Our tax to GDP ratio has also improved now at 13%. As the board, we will continue to focus on efforts of nurturing, developing and growing the capacity of our staff, with emphasis on professional skilling for them to support our clients’ needs,” he said.
“To the business community, we encourage you to challenge your selves by thinking of how best to overcome the disruptions. We promise to stand in the gap and we will offer advice from the taxation front to enable you to fulfill your tax obligation,” he added.