Mulwana group’s Jesa Farm Dairy is this year’s winner of the Excel award, the biggest taxpayer prize.
This award goes to a taxpayer who demonstrates outstanding voluntary compliance, substantive business growth and revenue contribution, and has also created substantial employment opportunities. During URA’s 10th annual taxpayers appreciation day ceremony at Serena hotel on Friday, twelve taxpayers – individuals and companies – were recognised for their outstanding compliance in their tax obligations.
According to URA, Jesa, started by late entrepreneur James Mulwana, has come true to all these traits. Jesa has a wide range of fresh dairy products including fresh pasteurised milk, yoghurt, butter, and cream cheese. It currently employs 150 permanent staff and 77 casual labourers in both the dairy and farm operations.
Last week, Jesa was among the twelve companies chosen to act as an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO). This means it would enjoy fast clearance of its goods through simplified procedures and reduced inspection at customs. Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) received the award for a strategic partner of the year.
This award is given to a company or person who has partnered with URA and facilitated the enhancement of the tax body’s capacity to execute its operations. Other winners include Bayport Financial Services Uganda Limited, Emaan supermarket in Mbale, and Uganda Pulp and Paper Mills Limited.
Meanwhile, URA Commissioner General Allen Kagina used the event to say farewell to the business community as she will be leaving office at the end of October.
“This is the last time we are holding a taxpayers appreciation day when I am the CG,” Kagina said. “Perhaps, next year, I will be among the taxpayers receiving the award.”
The URA taxpayers’ awards started in 2005, just a year after Kagina had taken office as the CG. More than 100 taxpayers have been awarded. The awardees include individuals, corporate companies in areas of telecoms, insurance, and mining, among others.
According to URA, awarding outstanding taxpayers has been crucial in encouraging conformity while paying taxes.
Source : The Observer