URA blocked from taxing MPs’ allowances


Ugandan Parliament on Thursday night amended the Income Tax (Amendments) Bill, 2016 to exempt MPs’ emoluments from taxes.

The amendment was moved by Rubanda East MP, Mr Henry Musasizi at about 8pm and attempts by State Minister, Ms Sarah Opendi to question the move by parliament hit a dead end after Kabula MP James Kakooza with the backing of other legislators put her on order.

In February this year, the Commercial Court, ordered the Parliamentary Commission to deduct tax from MPs’ emoluments. Ms Kadaga had assured members that the Parliamentary Commission would appeal the judgement. The Appeal was filed on February 22. However before the appeal is heard, the MPs moved to protect their allowances as the Clerk To parliament Ms Jane Kibirige had advised. Some MPs complained to the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs that URA wanted Shs9m from MP legislator in 9th Parliament and Shs10m for the MPs in the 10th Parliament.



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