Government Denies Taxing Prayer Books
Government has rejected claims that it has imposed new tax on Bibles and Qurans.
The minister of state for planning David Bahati told parliament that the report appeared in one of the daily newspaper is false.
He said that under the value added tax amendment bill 2017, government promised to exempt taxes on bibles and Qurans.
He said that taxing bibles and quarans will minimize their supply in the entire country, adding that they cannot stand in the way of spreading the word of God.
The Uganda Revenue Authority had wanted to tax religious materials imported into the country. The URA Commissioner General Doris Akol in an April 19th letter, told Church of Uganda officials that the exemption was an anomaly.
Her letter was a response to a March 18th petition from the Church of Uganda Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, asking URA to have a consignment of over 9,000 prayer and hymn books from Nairobi exempted from VAT.
Inter-Religious Council of Uganda’s Secretary General, Joshua Kitakule said in a country whose Motto affirms ‘For God and My Country, and where about nine out of 10 of the citizens subscribe to a religion, the tax is going to influence the prices of these items upwards by about Shs3, 000.