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URA beats targets

By Vision Reporter

Added 7th November 2004 03:00 AM

UGANDA Revenue Authority (URA) has surpassed the quarterly target for July to September by sh8.66b, collecting sh442.44b against the targeted sh433.78b, the new URA Commissioner General, Allen Kagina (right), has said.

UGANDA Revenue Authority (URA) has surpassed the quarterly target for July to September by sh8.66b, collecting sh442.44b against the targeted sh433.78b, the new URA Commissioner General, Allen Kagina (right), has said.

By Sylvia Juuko
UGANDA Revenue Authority (URA) has surpassed the quarterly target for July to September by sh8.66b, collecting sh442.44b against the targeted sh433.78b, the new URA Commissioner General, Allen Kagina (right), has said.
“This financial year’s revenue target of sh2,000b is quite challenging, but I must congratulate the outgoing acting Commissioner General, Stephen Akabway and my colleagues who worked tirelessly to to meet and surpass the target for the first quarter of this financial year by sh8b,” she said. Kagina said this at her maiden press conference at the URA headquarters, Nakawa on Friday. She said some of her challenges include improving the image of URA, increasing domestic revenue and minimising revenue leakages.
“All our efforts must be geared towards maintaining this tempo and developing new strategies with a view to enhancement of revenue and elimination of revenue leakages,” Kagina said.
She said during her tenure, the authority will focus on strategies for mobilising domestic tax revenue, which include Income Tax, Value Added Tax and non-tax revenues.
“Empowering taxpayers with knowledge and developing systems to improve delivery of taxpayers services are going to be the key tools in this regard,” she said.
Kagina promised enhanced enforcement of customs to minimise transit losses and follow up on VAT and Pay As You Earn registers to ensure they are monitored by undertaking several audits.
On the revenue loss arising from implementation of the Customs Union next year, she said the losses would be offset by mobilising domestic revenue and revenue from imports outside East Africa. She said URA’s image would be built into a professional body which the public is willing to work with.
“URA is not the most corrupt. URA with its problem of corruption has taken serious action on errant staff and has a strong investigative department. We need partnership with media and stakeholders to give us information and rather than focus on the negative, reward good behaviour,” she said.
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