Muhakanizi: Even Museveni, MPs Should Pay Taxes
Muhakanizi: Nothing Wrong with Taxing Bibles, Korans
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, and secretary to the treasury, Keith Muhakanizi, has said there is nothing and none that should be exempted from paying taxes.
Speaking during the launch of the 11th World Bank Edition Report on Uganda Economic Update on Domestic Revenue Mobilization at UMA showgrounds in Kampala on Tuesday, Muhakanizi called for bold taxation of all and sundry.
Even the President Should Pay Taxes
“Our biggest problem is the contradictions of our political systems,” noted Muhakanizi.
“If we are to collect enough taxes, we must be bold enough to tax everybody regardless of the political consequences.”
Muhakanizi added that it “very wrong for leaders to exempt themselves from paying taxes while encouraging other people to pay”.
“Every one including the president, the judges, and the civil servants must pay taxes so that we are able to collect enough.”
By enough, Muhakanizi meant collecting above the 14 per cent of GDP that is collected in taxes and non-tax revenue.
Taxing Bibles, Korans
On the issue of proposed taxes on Bibles and Korans, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has dismissed the reports as fake.
Making reference to VAT Amendment Act 2018, URA boss Doris Akol said “the amendments are actually intended to exempt Bibles and Qur’ans”.
But Muhakanizi insisted there was nothing queer about taxing the Holy Books.
“Today’s Daily Monitor published a story that URA wants to tax religious books and already politicians are coming out to politely explain and apologize. What is wrong with taxing the bibles?”