New Vision (Kampala)

2 May 2009

Uganda: URA Introduces Online Tax Payments

Kampala — STARTING June this year, taxpayers will be filing their returns and making payments via the Internet to Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) in the comfort of their homes or offices.

The electronic tax transaction code named eTax, to start operating at URA's Kampala East and Large Taxpayers offices will also enable taxpayers to track the status of their applications and returns, view their obligations online ending numerous trips to URA offices.

The process will ease tax type registration, returns and payment transactions and eliminate any information reconciliation errors.

But taxpayers will need Internet access to use the on-line service explained Moses Kajubi, the Commissioner Domestic Tax Department.

"Those who may not have Internet access may use the URA terminals which will be available at selected offices. URA is also making arrangements to make access available through the domestic tax investigation centres currently used by the Customs department.

"Other domestic tax stations will come on board in a phase wise manner at dates to be communicated," he said.

Taxpayers will receive statements of accounts instead of the bulky receipts as has been before. Since there won't be direct banking, the clients will be at liberty to file and pay at their convenience.

The new process is part of an integrated tax administration system which URA embarked on in 2008 to transform and modernise the domestic tax department.

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