By Prossie Namata
President Museveni has said with the help GDP ratio, the government has been able to identify individuals that do not pay taxes. He added that the GDP ratio was only 4% in 1991 where it rose to 12% after informing URA and has stagnated there for a long time however it rose to 14% last financial year.
Telecom companies have been identified in under- declaring calls until recently when the government acquired machines to see the telephone calls which he says its so ashaming for them.
The president added that when Ugandans post or send communication on social media platforms like Facebook or whatever its not for free they are charged and not in local shillings but in dollars. And in case this money is paid in local shillings ton foreign companies, the money is taken out of Uganda not in local shillings but in dollars.
Museveni goes ahead to argue that all moral reasons are in favor of social media tax and that to say that social media users have no right to waste the dollars he earns from his coffee, milk etc by endlessly donating money to foreign telecom companies through chatting or even lying there and then, they are allergic even a modest contribution to their country whose collective wealth they are misusing.
He therefore says that Mobile Money tax is 0.5% not 1% and is still a subject to discuss.