The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has promised the private sector and all Ugandan tax payers that it will continue to engage the private sector on tax matters in the country.
Speaking at the Tax Payers' Business Forum organized by the URA on Aug. 21 in Kampala, Moses Kagwa, the commissioner for Tax Policy said they are an open institution that listens to views of the tax payer.
"They (tax payers) contribute a lot towards the growth of this economy by paying taxes which we collect," he said, adding that is why we are here to hear from them about our tax system.
The Forum majorly discussed about the 2013/2014 tax law amendments and their implications to the tax payer.
Kagwa told the Forum that they are suspending the 18% VAT on up-country Lodgings, Hotels, and Guest Houses - Hostels because the later had earlier contracts with some agents abroad before the new tax was proposed.
"Implementing this tax means these players have to operate on losses," he said, adding we will continue to engage the tax payers on the new taxes so they are part of the budget making process.
"We want to always discuss proposed taxes a year before the budget is read so that tax payers and government read from the same page," Kagwa added.
In the Budget, read two months ago, government proposed 15 new taxes including VAT on piped water, Kerosene, wheat, and mobile telephony among others which have raised public debate among the public.