Keith Muhakanizi, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development said that Uganda needs to progressively reduce on the tax exemptions given to different sectors so as to be able to collect more revenue domestically.
He said that everyone should pay taxes including all politicians and religious leaders for Uganda to be able to tax above 15% of her Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The permanent secretary explained that Uganda’s biggest problem is the contradictions of political systems. He noted that for enough taxes to be collected, everybody must be taxed regardless of the political consequences.
Muhakanizi’s reaction comes at a time when different media houses reported that URA was to tax religious books. According to the report, URA is holding onto a consignment of bibles that were imported from neighboring Kenya and has since declined to release them pending a VAT tax.
The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda His Eminence Stanely Ntagali’s pleas to have the shipment released tax free fell on deaf ears of the tax body.
Amid growing protest on social media over taxing religious material, the Commissioner General, Uganda Revenue Authority Mrs Doris Akol came out dismissing the news as ‘fake news’.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website