URA sued over Shs16b ‘unlawful’ tax refunds

Ms Lillian Anguparu, an exporter of fruits and vegetables preparers pineapples for export. Unprocessed agricultural products, according to the law, are exempted from VAT. FILE PHOTO

What you need to know:

  • URA’s response has been dismissive of the claims made by the whistle-blower, insisting that they made their own investigations and insisted that the refunds broke no law.
  • The two parties will appear before the commercial court on May 29 for mediation.

Kampala. A whistle-blower has taken Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to court over what he says were unlawful tax refunds to several exporting companies.
In the case filed on March 21 in the commercial court, Mr Joseph Okuja, through Taslaf Advocates and Consultants, alleges that URA made Shs15.8b worth of Value Added Tax (VAT) refunds to about 20 companies in the coffee, flower, fresh fish and fresh fruits export sectors between 2014 and 2015.
The former URA employee wants the court to declare that such refunds were illegal.

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