Uganda Revenue Authority has launched its first ever mobile application dubbed URAapp.
The app was launched by the URA Commissioner General, Ms Doris Akol, at the authority’s headquarters in Nakawa on Thursday morning.
Akol said the app was designed by URA’s staff to help search and verify tax payers’ details and help clients search for their motor vehicle details without travelling all the way to the headquarters.
“The app will also help tax payers’ register for payments,” Akol told press.
She said the URAapp is also meant to aid tax calculators, act as a URA staff information hub and help clients locate their tax offices.
Akol said the biggest challenge was interfacing the app with current systems especially the e-tax platforms.
“However, we needed to give people more options. We know that Ugandans are extremely technologically served that’s why we felt the time is right to launch the #URAapp.”
Akol explained that they used their own team to cut costs else if they had outsourced people to develop the #AskURA app, they would have paid $50,000.
She said with the app brings URA to clients’ doorsteps, reducing cost of interaction with tax body and help them check their payment status on their customs entries.
“You can also use the #URAapp to check your URA payment status, view URA Status and also calculate taxes for various services. The app provides facility for assessment of taxes for small businesses.”
According to Akol, the App is a whole mark of innovation with features that allow a Live Chat provision that enables customers have their queries answered.
As for security measures, Akol said they have put security safe guards to ensure whoever taps into the system won’t manipulate it to con clients.