Delayed court proceedings to settle taxation related cases are frustrating the work of the tax collecting body.
According to Henry Ssaka, the acting commissioner general since 2016, they have been served with interim orders
stopping them from collecting taxes amounting to over Shs 550 billion.
Ssaka said that running to courts of laws has become one of the ways taxpayers have devised to avoid or even evade taxes because they know court procedure take ages.
As URA goes in the trenches to collect the tax due in order to meet its annual revenue target of Shs15.43 trillion in this ending financial year, tax payers have become a hard nut to crush.
They have resorted to running to courts to contest the charges from the tax collecting body or even to stop the body from taking over the property tax invaders.
Ssaka said that the tendency doesn’t only greatly impair on their work as tax collectors but also affects remittance of funds to the Consolidated Fund hence crippling government operations and delivery of service.
“Some of these disputes at the Tax Appeals Tribunal will be out of a genuine attempt to get adjudication about the veracity of the requirement to pay tax as assessed. But others are a deliberate attempt by taxpayers to stall URA from collecting taxes,” said Ssaka.
Last financial year Uganda Revenue Authority made a deficit of Shs 457 billion after failing to meet its target of collecting Shs 13 trillion.
Patience Tumusiime, the commissioner legal services at the URA said they have on several occasions received orders instructing them to release unaccustomed goods or lift third party agency notices without any form of security for the unpaid taxes deposited with the URA or the court.