URA battling fake documents to recover billions of Shillings

Forgery. Some of the fake stamps that Uganda Revenue Authority found with a clearing agent in 2016. The listed firms are being investigated over alleged forgery of documents including tax clearance, completion certificates and certificate of registration. FILE PHOTO

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Motive. The documents are forged mostly to under-declare goods.

Kampala. As it battles a revenue shortfall of Shs250b, Uganda Revenue Authority enforcement (URA) team says it has uncovered a group of people who are forging documents in order to evade taxes.
The authority cites an importer, who submitted invoices to of 32 motorcycles with each valued at $380 (Shs1.3m) through a clearing agent, Jinca Enterprises.
However, the invoices were found to be falsified. The actual value of each motorcycle, according to URA, is $2500 (Shs8.3m). The import value was under-declared by Shs7m.
“Over the last few months, we have found out that a lot of document forgery was going on,” Ms Agnes Nabwire, the assistant commissioner in charge of Enforcement at URA, told reporters on Monday.

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