KAMPALA – Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBG) Uganda, a civil society that campaigns for just tax policies has launched a report recommending for affirmative action to boost women businesses. Presenting the report on Gender Sensitive Tax Policies that Support Women Business at Golf Course Hotel Thursday March 18, 2021, Sophie Nampewo Njuba, Senior Budget Policy Specialist, CSBG Uganda said there is need for interest free credit, legal aid services and minimal tax for women operating small scale entrepreneurs.
“These women doing petty business have become heads of families, they are the ones who provide food, pay school fees and other basics at home, government has to consider giving them interest free loan, sensitize them on how to register their business, balance their books of accounts and be taxed minimal not to fail their businesses,” she said. Adding, “They deserve tax incentives.”
Jane Nalunga, Executive Director Seatin Uganda welcomed the recommendations saying it can help secure the future of women operating small businesses.
Responding to the report funded by UN Women, Spotlight Initiative among others, Joy Kasonko, Kampala Capital City Authority, official said President Yoweri Museveni recently directed harmonization of taxes, daily dues and administration of markets.
“KCCA administers several markets in the city owned by government and Buganda Kingdom. He (President) directed an annual payment of Shs74,000 per stall and Shs144,000 per lockup shop as well as rotational leadership which is being effected,” she said.
Speaking on behalf of Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Kevine Sseninde welcomed the recommendations and promised to inform URA management. He however said tax incentives are based on law and advised civil society to engage Members of Parliament.
Faridah Bahemuka, Lawyer, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development said the current legal framework, tax incentives are based on hug investments that create jobs and use of local materials for import substitution.