The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has embarked on a campaign to create awareness of the use of electronic receipts dubbed the Electronic Fiscal Receipting and Invoicing Solution (EFRIS) in the Acholi and Lango sub-regions.
The EFRIS is an initiative under the Domestic Revenue Mobilization Program whose aim is to address the tax administration challenges relating to business transactions and the issuance of receipts.
On Friday, URA engaged the business community and the public at Gulu Main Market to create awareness on the benefits of the system and how it can prevent fraud and forgeries among taxpayers to avoid financial losses.
They also sensitized the business community on how consumers can easily retrieve the same receipts in case it has been lost as the record remains with the seller.
According to URA, the e-receipt gives assurance to consumers that the final tax paid on the commodity is remitted to URA giving them a sense of entitlement as a taxpayer contributing to the development of the country. It also protects consumers from price discrimination, is flexibly issued, and can be enhanced with personalized offers and loyalty points.
In the drive to promote EFRIS on Friday, URA says several taxpayers who embraced the system dubbed ‘’Mpa e-receipt Yange’’ were awarded prizes for their loyalty.
The prizes included a brand-new Bajaj Boxer motorcycle, Tablets and Smartphones among other valuables.
The winners include Gulu-based businessman Ambrose Omara who won a motorcycle, Valentine Zirabamuzaale who walked away with a laptop, policewoman Cherotich Veni won a tablet phone, Charles Odong and Calvin Oloya won smartphones.
Catherine Ayubo, the Head of URA at Gulu Station who awarded the winners said that the campaign will be conducted nationwide until September this year to woo taxpayers to embrace EFRIS because it is convenient, secure, and safe for business transactions and makes it easy for URA to assess taxes.
Cherotich Veni who won the Samsung tablet phone urged people to embrace the e-receipt services saying that it is convenient. She hopes to use the gadget to support her studies at the university.
Ambrose Omara, who expressed happiness after winning the motorcycle said that the electronic receipt system has eased his record-keeping and accountability.