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Katabi Town Council to Tax Casual Labourers

The decision presented by the Finance Committee Chairperson Imalingat Gaudence also moves to impose taxes on 15 other untaxed enterprises in Katabi as a way of widening the revenue base.
Casual Laborers offloading people and cargo from boats in Kalangala District recently

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Katabi town council has unanimously adopted a proposal by the finance committee to impose a 10,000 shillings tax on casual labourers at the different landing sites. 

The decision presented by the Finance Committee Chairperson Imalingat Gaudence also moves to impose taxes on 15 other untaxed enterprises in Katabi as a way of widening the revenue base.     These include petroleum products sold to people going to distant shores, landing fees, parking fees or taxes and boda-boda cyclists among others.

Jude Makumbi, a member of the finance committee says that casual labourers especially those who carry people from boats to the mainland will be taxed after three months.

According to records, there are more than 900 causal labourers working on landing sites who either load or off load goods on boats. 

Makumbi says the imposing of the tax would help the town council realize its local revenue generations.

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Katabi town council chairperson Ronald Kalema indicated that they project to collect up to 1.5 billion shillings in local revenue.

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The town clerk Paddy Kakumba indicated that there is nothing illegal about collecting taxes from casual labourers. Kakumba pleaded with the town council to pass such taxes as one of the mechanisms that would help in developing the town council.

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Kakumba says the town council projects to realize up to 54 million from the tax on casual labourers in the coming financial year 2019/2020.

Ssempiira Livingstone, one of the casual labourers at Kasenyi landing site wondered why the town council was instituting a tax on people’s energy yet there is limited government input to improve such people’s standards of living.

After the adoption of the new tax incentives, the town council is expected to sit and pass the budget of 2.3 billion shillings.  

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