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Justice Owiny-Dollo: Emulate Tax Appeals Tribunal Success

Dr. Asa  Mugenyi the Chairperson TAT at the inauguration ceremony of the new  members of the Tribunal in February 2018 (PHOTO: www.softpower.ug) Dr. Asa Mugenyi the Chairperson TAT at the inauguration ceremony of the new members of the Tribunal in February 2018 (PHOTO: www.softpower.ug)

 

KAMPALA - Deputy Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo has advised judicial officials to emulate the approach applied by officials of the Tax Appeals Tribunal (TAT) while handling tax disputes.

Justice Dollo lauded TAT for continuously delivering on their mandate despite the short time within which they have to handle a dispute before it is deemed a backlog.

“If the matter is not disposed of in less than six months, it becomes backlog. We are behind as the Judiciary compared to the TAT. For us {Judiciary}, we take two years for the matter to be declared a backlog,” Justice Dollo said during the release of the first comprehensive Uganda Law Tax Report of 2008 to 2011 period at Hotel Protea in Kampala on Wednesday.

“Despite the complexity of tax matters, the tribunal has continued to efficiently handle most of the matters brought before it in a professional manner. We all know that tax matters are very sensitive to taxpayers and therefore members handling them should uphold principles and ensure they are impartially dealt with,” he added.

The chairperson of TAT, Dr. Asa Mugenyi, said there has been a decline in performance as the disposal rate dropped from 90 per cent to 80 per cent in the last two years.

“All the matters are now coming to the Tax Appeals Tribunal. Every other week, we get about two to three being filed,” Dr Mugenyi revealed. “So with the increase of cases, the percentage [of disposal] drops. That is why we need this tax law report to quicken the disposal of matters,” he added.

 

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Published: November 29, 2019