REVEALED! Gov’t moves to increase membership on Tax Appeals Tribunal, give URA more powers

The Ministry of Finance is also seeking Parliament to amend the Tax Appeals Tribunal Act, Cap.345, to provide for the increase in the number of members of the Tax Appeals Tribunal from current five members to nine.

The proposal is contained in the Tax Appeals Tribunal Bill 2022 that was tabled by Minister of State for Finance – General Duties, Henry Musasizi before Parliament.

Government argues that packing the Tax Appeals Tribunal will create efficiency by leading to faster resolution of tax disputes, but the Ministry fell short of quantifying its impact on revenue mobilisation.

Meanwhile, Government is also seeking to implement some amendments in the Uganda Revenue Authority to trim the powers of Minister of Finance from having sole responsibility of appointing officers at Assistant Commissioner or higher level, and have that power instead vested in the Board of URA.

In order to achieve this, Parliament has to amend the Uganda Revenue Authority Act, Cap . 196 to empower the

Minister to amend the First and Second Schedules by statutory instrument and have the appointment duties made by the Board.

According to the Ministry of Finance, if the changes are adopted by Parliament, they will improve compliance and ease tax administration and improve revenue collection and corporate governance, although its can’t be quantified.

The Finance Ministry also assured Parliament that the decision will have no impact on URA’s Budget for FY 2022/2023 which is to a tune of Shs521.43Bn.

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