URA Closes Observer Offices
Uganda Revenue Authority-URA has sealed off the offices of The Observer at Tagore Crescent in Kamwokya Kampala for alleged non-tax compliance.
A team of URA enforcement officers stormed the offices on Wednesday afternoon and locked the main gates with seals. The Observer has confirmed the closure of its offices in a message on its Facebook page.
The Observer disputes the claims, saying that it has been engaging the tax body since December 2018 to try and clear discrepancies between their figures and those of URA.
The statement also notes that there is miscommunication between the enforcement department and the domestic tax department.
Ian Rumanyika, the URA Manager in Charge of Public and Cooperate Affairs says the closure of The Observer offices stems from arrears worth Shillings 2.5 billion including the Value Added Tax-VAT and Pay As You Earn-PAYE.