URA to fine traders sh6m for not issuing e-Receipts

LIRA, UGANDA: The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has vowed to fine disobedient traders a penalty of shs 6 million per month for not issuing E-receipt (Electronic Fiscal Receipting and Invoicing System EFRIS) to their customers.

This was revealed at a function held on Monday, July 17, at Lira Mayor’s garden as the tax collecting body completed the Mpa e-receipt Yange campaign in Lira City, northern Uganda.

URA’s station head and manager domestic tax section at Lira Office, Mr Godfrey Mujabi said the goal of the campaign was enacted by the law of parliament for the whole of 2022 and up to now it has been implemented.

URA’s Station head and manager Domestic Tax at Lira Bureau Mujabi Godfrey speaking to the media on Monday

He said it is to drive a culture of accountability and recordkeeping in revenue payment, adding that the penalty for those not issuing an e-receipt is shs 6 million per month.

“For instance, if we come and purchase goods from your shop and the receipt is not issued, it attracts a penalty of six million,” said Mujabi.

He added; “We need to have accurate records for us to know the growth of our businesses including issuing the e-receipt even for a tomatoes seller and it is important for  consumers to know how much we are spending.”

According to Mujabi, close to shs15 billion in the Lango sub-region has been collected by URA, with 80 per cent alone coming from Lira City, the business hub of the Sub-region  

Some of the motorcycles given away as prizes at URA’s ‘Mpa e-Receipt Yange’ campaign in Lira City

On the same day, hundreds of people enjoyed the campaign conducted by the URA team with lots of giveaway prizes given out with including three motorbikes, Laptops, a telephone/sim, and T-shirts among others

Okello Johnson, 18 years old, one of the winners of the T-shirt commended URA for such an intervention

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