Uganda Revenue Authority

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Uganda Revenue Authority
Agency overview
Formed 1991
Jurisdiction Government of Uganda
Headquarters Nakawa, Kampala, Uganda
Employees 2,900+[1]
Agency executives
Parent agency Uganda Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning

The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) is a government revenue collection agency established by the Parliament of Uganda. The URA is responsible for enforcing, assessing, collecting, and accounting for the various taxes imposed in Uganda.[3]


URA's headquarters is located in the URA Building Complex, located at M193-M194 Nakawa Industrial Area in the eastern part of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city.[4] Other URA administrative offices in Kampala are located in the Crested Towers, Tall Tower, in the House of Hope in Kamwookya, and in a building along Rotary Avenue, Lugogo.[citation needed] The URA also maintains operational field offices in most large Ugandan towns and all Ugandan border crossings.[citation needed] URA also maintains a branch at Entebbe International Airport.[citation needed]


The parliament established the URA in 1991. Crispus Kiyonga, the Minister of Finance at the time of its creation, played a significant role.

The auditor general's report for calendar year 2013, presented to parliament in April 2014, revealed unexplained expenditures of approximately US$5.2 million (UGX:12.9 billion) and other serious financial irregularities. This raised the specter of renewed corruption at the URA, which Allen Kagina was charged with eliminating when she was appointed commissioner general in 2004. Minister of Information Rose Namayanja said, "Under the leadership of Ms Allen Kagina, we have successfully cleaned URA and tax collections on a year-to-year basis have gone up. The situation is not as bad as it used to be." According to the Daily Monitor, this view was shared by the President of Uganda.[5]


The URA is divided into the following administrative departments: the Commissioner General's Office, the Legal & Board Affairs Department, the Customs and Excise Department, the Domestic Taxes Department, the Corporate Services Department, the Internal Audit & Compliance Department, and the Tax Investigations Department.

On 27 October 2014, Uganda's Finance Minister, Maria Kiwanuka, appointed lawyer Doris Akol as commissioner general for the next five years.[6] She replaced Kagina, who retired after two consecutive five-year terms at the helm of the URA.[7]

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  1. ^ Kanaabi, Michael (8 June 2015). "URA Boss Doris Akol Promotes Transparency". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Lumu, David (2014). "Kagina’s Job: URA Board Speaks Out". New Vision Mobile (Kampala). Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "About Uganda Revenue Authority". Uganda Revenue Authority. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Location of URA Headquarters at Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Mugerwa, Yasiin (10 April 2014). "AG unearths graft At URA". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Monitor, Reporter (27 October 2014). "Doris Akol Appointed Kagina's Replacement At URA". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Yasiin Mugerwa, and Ismail Musa Ladu (24 July 2014). "URA Boss Kagina Leaves Office This October". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 7 February 2015. 

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