Visiting banking halls and Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) offices to file tax returns increasingly looks to be something of the past as the tax body enters into more partnerships to offer online payment solutions.
Barclays bank is the latest financial institution to join URA’s online platform where taxpayers use VISA card, MasterCard or MTN mobile money to pay taxes from the comfort of their offices or homes.
Rakesh Jha, managing director, Barclays Uganda, launched their platform recently at URA headquarters in Kampala.
He said all one has to do is log onto https://ura.go.ug and request for a Payment Registration Number. The payment is completed by entering the relevant VISA, MasterCard, Maestro or American Express card details.
The bank debits the card, processes and posts the payment into the URA account. URA is notified about the payment and an electronic receipt is sent to the taxpayer, who then presents the receipt to URA.
“In addition to already existing payment solutions that we offer, this new service offers taxpayers a seamless payment channel that not only offers convenience but reduces the cost of doing business,” Jha said.
Doris Akol, URA commissioner general, said this initiative is in line with their strategic objective of making it easier for taxpayers to fulfill their tax obligations.
URA’s electronic tax payment is a convenient way of paying taxes no matter where you are in the world using any internet-enabled device.
Testing of the service commenced in March.