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Digital Services Tax Uganda.
  • A number of the proposals in the Bills are aimed at broadening the tax base by bringing income that was previously untaxed or exempt into the scope.
  • The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) before Parliament’s Committee on Finance, the government expects to collect US$7.72 billion (UGX29 trillion) from domestic tax revenue in the next financial year 2023/2024 (FY20233/24) from both existing and new tax policy measures.
  • The Income Tax (Amendment) Bill 2023 is now proposing to introduce a separate direct tax in the form of a digital services tax (DST) on Facebook, Netflix, Zoom and other digital platform.

Uganda has released the Tax (Amendment) Bill for the financial year 2023/2024. These proposals have been tabled before Parliament, and if passed into law, they will take effect on July 1. As a business owner or investor in Uganda, it’s essential to understand what these tax proposals mean for your business.


The Aga Khan Academy Mombasa transitions into online learning


By Anusha, Anusha Lalani, Communications Fellow at Aga Khan Academies, Mombasa, Kenya.

Since 16 March 2020, the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa has been closed due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Within two days after the government’s announcement to have all schools closed, the Academy managed to send its 260 residential students back to their home countries, such as Uganda, Pakistan, Tanzania and more. While students were on their way home, Academy teachers underwent extensive professional development within five days in relation to online learning.

One week later, on 23 March 2020, the online ‘doors’ to the Academy opened and all classes were fully transitioned online, ensuring learning was ongoing. Although the shift was challenging for both teachers and students at first, the transition has become much smoother for all.   

“Students’ lives have been turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic,” said Head of Expressive Arts department Stella Wangu.