After many years of spending close to $3m on monthly rent, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) expects to unveil its permanent home on 19th January in Nakawa Division.
According to Assistant Commissioner Public and Corporate Affairs Vincent Seruma says President Yoweri Museveni will preside over the launch of the magnificent building.
The 22 stored building which will double as the tax body head office building construction commenced in August 2014 and funded by the government to the tune of the tune of Shs140 billion.
Seruma says 22-storeyed building structure which will be the tallest building in the city will house all offices of the revenue body and is expected to save over Shs10 billion that is annually spent on rent and provide a one-stop-center for all URA services while cutting down on revenue administration costs.
“The new Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) head quarter will significantly reduce the cost of doing business for taxpayers through provision of a modern one-stop-service-centre.it will also reduce the operational expenditure on monthly rent,” he said.
However URA Manager Public and Corporate Affairs Ian Rumanyika commenting about the new development said the head quarter will provide infrastructure for better service delivery and improve client relationships within in Kampala, Mukono and Entebbe.
Rumanyika however revealed that since inception 1991 URA collections have shot up from about Shs180 billion, to sh15.7 trillion today.
New strategy For URA
Rumanyika said URA will rely on ensuring that they have quality people, improve process efficiency and build strategic partnerships as key pillars for future development.
“New skills are now needed in IT and database skills, plus relations management as key at URA moves to educating, teaching clients to ensure compliance to ensure we succeed in building the three pillars of our strategy,” Seruma said.
“We now aim to cultivate a taxpaying culture through provision of reliable services , leadership development and strategic partnerships,” he stressed, adding that “It is expected that URA will now offer faster and better services to clients resulting from process integration while reducing administrative costs to the taxpayer,” he added.
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