CARMEL RICKARD: A ‘just in case’ tax
Uganda’s tax authority is on the hook for the equivalent of an R87m payout, after imposing an invented ‘domestic VAT’ levy on importers
Uganda’s tax authorities are bracing themselves, no doubt unwillingly, to play the role of Father Christmas this year. That’s because the country’s court of appeal has just found in favour of 14,000 taxpayers, ordering that they must be repaid 21bn Ugandan shillings (about R87m), plus interest and legal costs.
It’s a battle these taxpayers have been fighting for years. And even now it might not be over: the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) could well head to the Supreme Court in a final effort to stave off the huge refund...