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New tax on internet to trap VPN users – Gov’t

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development says one of the main reasons as to why the government introduced a 12 percent Excise duty on internet use was to trap Ugandans who were evading OTT by using Virtual Private Networks (VPN). The Over the …

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The new digital taxes

The projected revenues may not be realised yet the long-term effects created may be difficult to reverse COMMENT | NATHAN WERE | The Parliament of Uganda recently passed the Excise Duty Amendment Bill, 2021 in which new taxes were introduced. One of such tax is on the internet requiring users …

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Kasaija’s tax burden

  How to raise money from ideas that failed Kampala, Uganda | ISAAC KHISA | Finally its May, the month in which parliament as the Committee of Supply debates and passes the 2021/22 national budget. Unlike in recent years, the focus of debate has shifted from sector allocation to another …

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Gov’t proposes to drop OTT

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The government has proposed to abolish the payment of Over the Top Tax (OTT) under the Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill, 2021. The Bill scheduled for tabling on the floor of Parliament by the Minister of Finance Matia Kasaija also proposes the re-introduction of excise duty …

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Research questions relevance of social media tax

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Two years after Uganda introduced a special tax on the access to social media sites, a new survey shows that the move has not achieved what it was meant to. In July 2018, the government introduced a levy of 200 Shillings per day on …

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Human Rights Commission asks government to suspend OTT

  Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Uganda Human Rights Commission has asked government to amend the law introducing Over the Top tax and suspend it during the electoral period in order to make internet more affordable and accessible. Dr. Katebalirwa Amooti Irumba, the acting chairman of the commission told …

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