Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Uganda seeks to tax private universities

According to an online report from

ThE Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) is demanding sh1.3b in corporation tax arrears from Uganda Christian University (UCU), a move that has drawn an outcry from other private universities that see themselves as the next targets. The vice chancellors have objected to the demand and urged the Government to emulate Kenya and Tanzania, where non-profit universities are exempt from corporation tax. "We the vice chancellors of the Uganda Vice Chancellors' Forum do stand in solidarity with Uganda Christian University and other not-for-profit universities in their appeal to receive exempt status from Corporation tax as a not-for-profit educational organisation with a public purpose," they said in a resolution after a meeting held on March 3, 2008.

The report discusses in broad detail the United States' approach exempting universities from taxation, as evidence of the need to maintain tax exemption for private universities. 


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