What Bobiwine said in parliament during social media tax debate


As social media tax begins to bite we would like to take you back to May the day the social  tax was approved by the parliament. It is important to know what your MP said on the matter while debating the Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill, 2018.
Here we take look at what Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi said on the floor of Parliament
“Thank you very much, honourable minister (David Bahati). I appreciate the fact that you mentioned that taxation is a duty and not a punishment. Allow me to inform you that over taxation is not only punishment but oppression. Where I come from, mobile money is not just a business but a livelihood.
He added: "Due to insecurity, people depend mainly on mobile money. I will give an example of a fairly decent Ugandan who earns Shs1 million and they spend all that money through mobile money. If the taxation was levied once, we would not argue so much about it but since it is mobile money, it is charged on every transaction, received or sent.
The MP continued: "That means if that person receives that money, they are being taxed on their salary; when they pay for their children’s fees, they get taxed; and they continue to be taxed at every level, which I believe is oppression. At the end of the day, honourable minister, you realise that life is actually being taxed. Somebody is being taxed multiple times,” Kyagulanyi said on May 30.

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