Uganda Tax and Investment incentives info plus Important African Tax News



As a business traveler planning an Investment in Africa, you will need to know your Uganda Tax obligations, as these Tax costs will directly affect your bottom line.

You also realize that in the current Global Economic crisis has caused governments to focus on governance and regulation of private companies.

This means that tax compliance has become more important to African governments than it was in the previous decade.

Your tax compliance failure therefore represents not only a financial risk, with financial penalties and a possible increase in the tax charge , but also a serious business risk, as it can damage your company’s reputation with the authorities and the public.

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Your business should be able to manage multi-territory compliance requirements and keep abreast of the changes occuring in local legislation that affect these tax requirements.

On this page we provide you with relevant information regarding the Uganda Tax System;



The Ugandan tax system

The Uganda Tax System can be summarised within Five (5) major Elements.

  • Corporate and personal income tax,
  • Value added tax (VAT) on goods and services,
  • Customs and excise duties,
  • And stamp duty.
  • There are also a number of statutory levies and social security payments.

Taxes are collected by self-assessment and by withholding tax on payments to residents and non-residents. As an Employer you are obliged to withhold and account for income tax on your employee remuneration and benefits (the PAYE system).

You will be charged with penalties and interest for non-compliance and late payment of taxes in Uganda

The Uganda Revenue Authority is the central body mandated to assess , collect specified tax revenue, administer and enforce laws relating to such revenue. This statutory body conducts regular audits and investigations of taxpayers.



Uganda Government Investment Incentives

It is common knowledge that tax is a cost to business and one of the main considerations in making investment decisions. In designing tax policies therefore, the government of Uganda has to pay attention to the levels of marginal tax rates charged to business and other income.

Our government offers a fair incentives package that provides generous capital recovery terms, especially if your project will entail significant investment in plant and machinery and you're likely to yield profits over the longer term.

The rights and incentives package includes:

  • Zero rate of tax on imports of plant machinery and equipment.
  • 7% Import duty on specialized tourist vehicles.
  • VAT Deferral facility for plant, machinery and specialized tourist vehicles
  • Guaranteed repatriation of profits and dividends.
  • Guarantee against non-commercial risks is through the multi-lateral investment guarantee agency (MIGA) of the World Bank.
  • Up to 100% foreign ownership of investments allowed,
  • Capital allowances of 50% on plant and machinery for projects located in Kampala, Entebbe, Namanve, Jinja and Njeru. Outside these areas the deductible allowance is 75%.
  • Start up costs allowance spread over the first 4 years at 25% per annum.
  • 100% allowance on scientific research expenditure and training expenditure also deductible once from the company’s income.

There is deductible annual allowance on depreciable assets, which are specified in 4 classes (sixth schedule) under declining balance method.

  • Class I: Computers and data handling equipment 40%
  • Class 2: Plant and machinery, vehicles 30%
  • Class 3: Furniture, fixture 20%
  • Class 4: Industrial buildings, hotels and hospitals 5%.

  • A nominal corporate tax of 30%, which is among the lowest in Africa and the world, and
  • Duty draw back or refund for exporters is available.


How to determine whether you will need a Uganda tax consultant

Before you hire a Uganda Tax Consulting firm , you need to ask yourself the following questions.

  • Do I want to know and take advantage of the available unilateral and double taxation relief and incentives in Uganda?
  • Do I intend to acquire or dispose off my company (shares or assets)? and Do I want to know the most tax efficient way of doing it?
  • Do I want to invest in Uganda so as to maximize the benefit of Uganda tax incentives and minimize tax costs?
  • Am I considering balance sheet restructuring with a view to improving shareholders’ wealth? and Do I need this done efficiently from a tax point of view?
  • Do I want to know the impact of withholding taxes, VAT and Excise duties on third party and inter-company transactions in country and across borders?
  • Do I intend to deploy staff into Uganda and want to know how best to manage the tax cost on the company and the expatriate?

If your answer is YES to any or all the above questions, then you should consider hiring a Uganda Tax Consultant.



What to look out for in your prospective Uganda Tax Consultant

  • Whether they can assist you in the preparation and filing of income tax returns and advise you on the payment of provisional and final taxes
  • Whether they can conduct tax health checks to provide you assurance on compliance with income tax, withholding tax, PAYE, social security, and VAT payments
  • Whether they can advise and assist you with tax repayments, negotiate on your behalf with the Uganda Revenue Authority, and apply for waivers of penalties and interest, raise objections to assessments,and provide you the relevant support in case of appeals to the Tax Tribunal.

A good Uganda Tax Consulting Firm should be able to demonstrate a proven track record in those three (3) key areas, especially within Uganda.

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Tax News & Answers to What Other Visitors Have Asked About Uganda Taxes.

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24-Nov-2011 Uganda Revenue Authority has won a case against Heritage Oil and Gas Limited after the Tax Appeals Tribunal yesterday dismissed the oil …

Stop tax exemptions, IMF urges Uganda Government Not rated yet
25-08-2011 The International Monetary Fund has urged Uganda Government to do away with tax exemptions next financial year to maintain a steady economic …

Uganda Business CEOs taken through new Transfer pricing Regulations and and EAC Double Taxation Agreement Not rated yet
Uganda Revenue Authority has held the second consultative business forum to discuss implementation of the new transfer pricing regulations and Double Taxation …

Uganda Tax Information Systems Not rated yet
Question: What are the information systems used in finance, revenue and taxation? what are the outputs of uganda revenue authority? what are the inputs …

Uganda tax avoidance Not rated yet
Questions: What measures are taken for people who avoid tax? Answer: When you're found evading taxes the Uganda Revenue Authority will either …

Importing precious metals into Uganda Not rated yet
Question: Our company in Uganda wants to import precious metals into Uganda and want to find out what duty is payable. Answer: Hello Vincent, I think …

Taxes hindering Uganda Internet penetration Not rated yet
Tuesday, 27th September, 2011 The sale of internet and non-internet enabled phone devices in Uganda is curtailed by excise duty and value added tax …

Uganda Tax Collection Challenges Not rated yet
Question: what challenges do the Ugandan government face in the collection and distribution of the taxes collected and what can be done to over come …

Uganda Parliament Reduces Tax on Sugar and Fuel Not rated yet
Wednesday, 7th September, 2011 The Uganda Parliament on Tuesday passed a Bill exempting excise tax on paraffin, and reducing tax on sugar by Sh25. …

MTN Uganda and URA Tax Row Not rated yet
Wednesday, 31st August, 2011 A whistleblower and the Uganda Revenue Authority continue to wrangle over how much he should be paid for exposing tax avoidance. …

Uganda Revenue Authority trains Central Equatorial tax officers Not rated yet
Wednesday, 31st August, 2011 The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has passed out the first batch of the Central Equatorial State –Revenue Authority …

Oil pushes Uganda Tax law amendment Not rated yet
Friday August 26, 2011 The Uganda income tax law is to be amended to enable the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) prepare for the commercial production …

Uganda Revenue Authority leading change in the economy by changing Tax Collection Tactics Not rated yet
Monday August 22, 2011 THE Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has lurched onto a new way to collect income tax. Starting June, URA took advantage of property …

Uganda Withholding Tax Threshold Not rated yet
Question: What is the thresthold for withholding tax? Answer: There is practically no threshold unless you're tax exempted. Withholding tax …

Uganda Manufactures hail removal of sugar tax Not rated yet
Thursday, 11th August, 2011 Kaddu Kiberu, the Uganda Manufacturers’ Association chairman, has said the scrapping of the 25% import duty on sugar by …

IMF boss calls for indirect tax assessment methods in Uganda Not rated yet
Thursday, 11th August, 2011 IMF senior representative Thomas Richardson has in the past spoken out about the need to review tax exemptions. He told …

Uganda Government hires sh11b lawyers to defend oil Tax case Not rated yet
Thursday August 11, 2011 The Uganda Government has hired an external lawyer at sh11b to defend it in the Heritage Oil case lodged in London, MPs heard …

Uganda Real estate dealers decry high taxes Not rated yet
Wednesday August 10, 2011 Uganda Real estate dealers and developers in Kampala have asked the Government to sensitise the public on the taxes levied …

Uganda Revenue Authority and NSSF in sh13b row Not rated yet
Monday, 8th August, 2011 UGANDA Revenue Authority (URA) has not remitted workers’ contribution to the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) amounting …

Uganda Tax Body in Real Estate Tax Dispute  Not rated yet
Friday, 5th August, 2011 The Uganda Government lost taxes worth sh100m in a transaction in which city businessman Hassan Basajjabalaba sold Uganda Broadcasting …

Uganda Tax Whistleblower petitions Parliament over sh4.1b Not rated yet
Wednesday, 3rd August, 2011 An informer, who leaked information on a leading telecom company that was evading taxes worth sh4.8b, has petitioned Parliament, …

Heritage seeks Uganda tax claim halt  Not rated yet
Saturday July 30, 2011 London-listed Heritage Oil has applied to Uganda's Tax Appeals Tribunal to stay the hearing of its tax dispute with government …

TAX ADMINISTRATION Not rated yet
Question: HOW DOES THE UGANDA REVENUE AUTHORITY GOVERN TAXES? Answer: The Uganda Revenue Authority is the central body mandated to assess, …

Uganda Revenue Authority trains officers on tax oil Not rated yet
Wednesday June 22, 2011 Uganda Revenue Authority legal officers have been trained in international income and petroleum taxation. This was aimed …

Impact of maize tax cut on Uganda Not rated yet
Thursday June 16, 2011 YOHANA Lugya, a farmer in Kayunga said that his dirty maize has cost him many customers. He was forced to move to Mukono …

Uganda Tax consultants speak out on budget Not rated yet
Wednesday June 15, 2011 PRIVATE sector and donor group leaders have cautioned that allocations to major projects like the multibillion Karuma project …

When did Uganda Self Tax Assessment begin? Not rated yet
Question: When was self assessment of tax introduced in Uganda? Answer: Self Tax Assessment was first introduced in Uganda by the Uganda Income …

What are the Uganda Oil Tax Incentives  Not rated yet
Question: Are there any incentives currently offered to those involved in the exploration and production of oil? Answer: Yes. One of the incentives …

Tax exemption on software boosting technology growth Not rated yet
Thursday May 19, 2011 Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies operating in Uganda are attributing the fast growing technology uptake …

Withholding tax Exempted list of goods and Services? Not rated yet
Question: How can I get a list of exempted materials/good and services? Answer: Withholding tax is a form income tax and is deducted at source …

Tax on educational equipment? Not rated yet
Question: I work with the Department of Electrical Engineering at Makerere University. I am trying to procure some equipment for our department laboratories. …

Uganda Tax Compliance Not rated yet
Question: what are the compliance statistics for business organization in Uganda and what could be the probaby cause of low compliance? Answer: …

Who is to withhold tax? Not rated yet
Question: Who is to withhold tax? Answer: Withholding tax is deducted from a payment (income) to a payee. The person who makes the payment is …

Uganda Tax System: Is it fair? Not rated yet
Question: Do we have a fair taxation system in uganda? please explian if we do. Answer: Well, I would think the fairness of our tax system would …

Uganda Tax News - Tax Body Accused Of Aiding Evasion of Taxes Not rated yet
This Uganda Tax article that appeared in The Red Pepper, one of Uganda's Daily Newspapers, illustrates how aggressive you need to be when handling …

Uganda Company Shares Not rated yet
Question: Is it required by law that i allocate part of my company shares to a local citizen working for me as a manager to be able to get a trade …

PAYE penalties in Uganda Not rated yet
Question: What are the penalties regarding non compliance to withholding Pay As You Earn (PAYE)? Answer: A withholding agent who fails to withhold …


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