By Juliet Waiswa
The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) have signed a memorandum of understanding for collaboration in collecting city revenue.
URA commissioner general Allen Kagina and KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi signed the agreement at the URA offices in Kampala.
Kagina said the agreement is meant to formalise the partnership in order to increase revenue collection for the two authorities.
She said the agreement will help URA collect more revenue, especially from construction business. She explained that KCCA gives application permits to people putting up structures and enforces payment of licenses.
“URA’s role of revenue collection will be specified,” she added.
“There are some construction projects taking place in the city that we are not aware of. However, KCCA which issues the application permits, can avail URA with that information so that revenue is collected,” Kagina said.
She explained that URA and KCCA have been working together to issue trading licenses and analysing revenue collection in the city, but will now exchange information for mutual benefit.
Musisi said the agreement will help in saving resources by exchanging information.
She added that the two authorities are looking at higher levels of capacity building and exchanging of ideas, which will help transform the city.
About two months ago, URA, KCCA and the Uganda Registration Services Bureau announced their intention to work together to boost revenue collection and stem tax losses in the city by netting tax evaders.
The three bodies said a tax payer registration expansion would be implemented in all divisions of the city.
This came amidst reports by KCCA that some members of the business community were forging trading licenses to evade taxes.
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URA, KCCA in partnership to collect revenue