Tax gaps: Experts speak out on alternative tax avenues

URA Commissioner General Doris Akol. The Authority is tasked with widening the tax bracket in the country, among other roles.

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Many Ugandans are involved in businesses where they earn more than formal employees yet they are still not taxed. Ismail Musa Ladu points out tax proposals that government can use to increase its revenue collections.

Stellah Mugyenzi is a woman of some means.
She is in charge of her late husband’s estate as well as the farm in the country side.
The farm has more than 200 herds of cattle in addition to several more high breed animals — Friesian cows.
When asked whether she pays taxes, she said: “I am an unemployed widow — I have no (formal) job so how can I be taxed?”
Then there is Phil Mugagga, a landlord in Kampala, with several plots of land in prime areas. He also has several idle chunks of land outside Kampala City Council Authority jurisdiction.
For some reason, he does not pay taxes and he does not seem shy about it. Instead, he brags about it, describing himself as “sharp and smart.”

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