They say they will remain at home as a peaceful demonstration in protest to what they termed as government’s deliberate increment of taxes on textiles and garments.
Uganda Revenue Authority(URA) says textiles and garments which are not manufactured in Uganda have been maintained at an import duty rate of 35%.
Due to Covid-19, KACITA says taxes of textiles and garments are way too much because they have been greatly affected. More over most of the traders have not been working because the country has been under lockdown.
It’s been only a month since the president opened up businesses to start operating. Most of them are actually still paying up loans they took up in the first lockdown of the country.
On top of these high taxes, traders say the payments they make in dollars is also a burden in some way. Traders make payments on different buildings in dollars which means it’s really expensive.
The traders have accused the government of paying a deaf ear to all their cries like they are nothing.
They have pleaded with the president to even talk to the banks to increase the grace period on loans. However, he never addressed the issue as well.
In a statement from URA acting Assistant Commissioner, Public and Corporate Affairs, Ian Rwamanyika, URA has not increased the taxes at all.
Contrary to what the traders are saying, URA has just maintained the tax rate from the previous financial year.
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