North: Traders ask URA to educate locals on tax
Betty, a businesswoman from Agago, said that Uganda Revenue Authority should create a good relationship with the community so that they don’t run away from them when they are on duty.
By Aguti Joyce
Lira – March 26, 2022: Businessmen in the Northern region have advised the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to move to the villages and educate locals about the tax.
This came up in a meeting the Authority had organized on March 22, 2022, at Margarita Palace Hotel in Lira city. The meeting was to educate local businessmen and women about the importance of [paying] tax.
One of the businessmen, Geoffrey Ojok said that Uganda Revenue Authority should look for a better way of making people understand the tax and its law to prevent fraud.
Another businesswoman from Agago district, Betty said that Uganda Revenue Authority should create a good relationship with the community so that they don’t run away from them when they are on duty.
Mayor of Lira City West Division Michael Ogwal Achonga advised people to cooperate on paying tax for the development of the country.
“URA should go to the community and teach them about tax,” Ogwal added.
Regional Police Commander (RPC) of North Kyoga Region SSP Anatoli Katungwensi advised local businesses to register with the URA to prevent fraud in the future.
He says URA should educate people on how to make money before educating them on how to pay taxes.
Most of the Ugandan business operators are not educated, RPC added, emphasizing that URA should use simple terms so that they understand during tax education.
Project Manager of Uganda Revenue Authority Denis Kato said that they are going to work hard to create awareness in the community.
“….the development of the country depends on the tax,” he said.