URA applauded for convening first symposium on tax administration

President Museveni makes his closing remarks on Friday. Photo credit to URA.

Kampala – On Friday, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni closed a symposium which discussed the role of science in tax administration.

The Head of State – who’s a proponent of science, applauded Uganda Revenue Authority [URA] and African Tax Administrators Forum [ATAF] for organizing the symposium and for adopting science in tax administration.

President Museveni receives his portrait from URA official on Friday.

The first on the African continent, the four day discussion attracted 95 participants from over 95 countries under the theme: Evolution of Science in Tax Administration.

Participants shared ideas on using input-output ratios of manufacturing systems to determine fair tax, digital forensics in securing and analyzing taxpayer information especially in cases of fraud and geospatial technologies for correctly locating taxpayers.

Ian Rumanyika – the URA’s Acting Assistant Commissioner Public & Corporate Affairs says the topics were facilitated by officers from URA’s Tax Investigation Department (TID), which co-organized the symposium with the African Tax Administrators Forum (ATAF).

“Two officials from ATAF discussed compliance risk management. Participants visited Roofings Limited for a field study,” Mr. Ian says, in a press statement issued on Friday.

“President Museveni said that revenue collection is central to Uganda’s economic independence and national sovereignty and as such scientific measures to support tax compliance are to be fully supported.”

These include among others; establishment of non-intrusive inspection cargo scanners at all Ugandan border posts, electronic monitoring and digital stamping of goods in production, monitoring of all money transfers, input and output analysis strengthening, chemical analysis strengthening, use of Electronic Fiscal Devices to monitor shop sales electronically and use of geo-mapping of rental properties to avert under declaration in the real estate sector.

Notables at the closing ceremony were the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Matia Kasaijja and ATAF Executive Secretary, Logan Wort, the Chairman Private Sector Foundation Uganda [PSFU], Patrick Bitature , Former URA Commissioner General, Allen Kagina, Ag. Commissioner General, Patrick Mukiibi and the URA senior management team.

In 2008, Tax Investigation Department [TID] adopted the use of science to facilitate tax administration.

“The department has since hired over 20 professionals namely food scientists and industrial chemists. Others are oil and gas engineers, qualitative surveyors and forensics and digital scientists. They facilitate revenue collection and detect crime,” Mr Rumanyika added in a press statement.

Participants at the first science conference of tax administration. All photos by URA.

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