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MPs press Museveni not to tax their money

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Parliament has once again referred the Uganda Income Tax Amendment Bill 2016 to the president for him to sign it into law.

In May, President Museveni rejected the bill that exempts MPs from certain taxes saying it was “politically and morally” wrong.

The MPs believe President Museveni will sign the bill into law because he is more enlightened about what it entails.

The Parliamentary Commission Thursday revealed it would not back down on the contentious clause in the Income Tax Amendment bill 2016 exempting legislators from paying taxes on their transport allowances.

The Commission asked the Finance Committee to send back the Income Tax Amendment bill 2016 to the president to append his signature.

In his letter to the Speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, Museveni oppose the decision by legislators to exempt themselves from taxes, saying it was injurious to the country’s revenue effort and not politically and morally correct.

The Income Tax Amendment Bill 2016 was passed by Legislators despite negative reactions from the public; and sent to the president to sign it into law.

But the committee chairperson, Henry Musasizi, who represents Rubanda East constituency, once again convened a meeting with Parliamentary Commissioners and the Minister of Finance to reawaken the debate.

Each MP pays a monthly tax of Shs3.5m.

David Bahati, the Finance State Minister for Planning, promised to pursue the matter to its conclusive end.

Relatedly, the Constitutional Court yesterday dismissed an interim order seeking to block the Shs150m which was allocated to Members of Parliament, to purchase private vehicles.

It was filed by a concerned citizen, a one Twaha Sanywa, who believes the taxpayers will suffer irreparable loss.

Justice Richard Buteera, in his ruling read for him by Assistant Registrar Rosemary Bareebe, ruled that the money can still be recovered if court finds that it was inappropriately paid out to MPs.

MPs have already received the first instalment of Shs100m as they await the Shs50m.

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