Ugandan Government Proposes a New Tax on data.

Kampala, 12th/August/2016; information reaching the Unwanted Witness indicates that Uganda’s tax body, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) is introducing a levy tax on data with the view of widening the authority’s tax base.

Currently, Ugandan government charges 12% excise duty on each voice call and now, a new tax on data is being introduced targeting Internet users who use the same airtime to convert into data.

While appearing before the parliamentary committee on finance, URA commissioner in charge of Domestic taxes Henry Saka said the tax is intended to supplement the existing tax on voice calls that has lately registered a drastic reduction.

“URA has observed a drop in the amount of money collected from excise duty on voice calls indicating that people now use data to call and yet data is not being taxed currently.” The commissioner justified.

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