LOCAL SERVICE TAX IN UGANDA

LOCAL SERVICE TAX IN UGANDA

What you need to know

A. BACKGROUND

The Local Service Tax was introduced by the Local Governments (Amendment) (No.2) ACT, of 2008 which allowed local governments to levy, collect and charge additional taxes in order to provide new sources of revenue for local governments, and for related purposes. The Local Service Tax (LST) is to be levied on the wealth and income of the following categories of people; persons in gainful employment, self‐employed and practicing professionals, self-employed artisans, businessmen and businesswomen, and the assessment is to be fair,equitable, and non-regressive: However, the salaries of the following categories of people are exempted from LST; Members of the Uganda Police Force, Members of the Uganda Prisons Service, Members of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces, unemployed persons, and people unable to earn a minimum income to access basic necessities of life), and Members of the Diplomatic Missions Accredited to Uganda.

B. Where and how should one pay Local Service Taxes

Local service tax is to be levied on all persons in gainful employment or on people who are practicing any profession or on business persons and commercial farmers producing on a large scale.

Every district or urban local council shall levy local service tax on every person in gainful employment, practicing professionals, businesspersons, and commercial farmers.

The salaried employees shall pay the tax in four equal installments during the financial year while all the other taxpayers will pay the tax at once. Salaried employees can however choose to pay for the Local Service Tax at once.

The payment of the tax shall be completed within the first four months of the financial year for which it was assessed. The financial year of income is from 1 st July to 30th June.

This tax on salaried employees is collected by the employer and remitted to the respective local governments and it is payable to the district, municipality, or town council where the employee liable to pay the tax resides during the period of employment.

The businessmen and businesswomen shall pay the tax at the time of paying for their annual trading and operational licenses at their respective local governments

A person liable to pay local service tax shall register with the nearest tax office of a local government in the area where he or she resides. Local service tax shall be paid on the basis of an assessment and each local service taxpayer shall keep evidence of his or her assessment.

The threshold used to determine the amount of Local Service Tax payable will be the gross salary after deducting income tax in the form of Pay as You Earn (PAYE).

According to the act residence” means continuous residence for at least six months in a city, municipality, town, district or other local government, and continuity of residence which shall be deemed not to have been broken by reason of absence of less than five weeks

Note; According to the Local Service Act, and guidelines for the implementation of the Local Service Tax, local service taxes should have been paid by the 15 th day of November of each financial year.

C. Please find below the rates in respect to the different tax payers;

i. Professionals

Proffessionals
Monthly Income Earned
Annual LST Payable
Doctors, Pharmacists, veterinary doctors, engineers, Accountants, auditors, Consultants, lawyers, architects, artists, journalists, writers, surveyors, planners, scientists, etc.
1,000,000 onward
100,000

ii. Persons in Gainful employment earning a salary and earning a monthly take-home

Amount of monthly income earned (in Shs)
Rate of LST (in Shs) per year
Exceeding 100,000/= but not exceeding 200,000/=
5,000
Exceeding 200,000/= but not exceeding 300,000/=
10,000
Exceeding 300,000/= but not exceeding 400,000/=
20,000
Exceeding 400,000/= but not exceeding 500,000/=
30,000
Exceeding 500,000/= but not exceeding 600,000/=
40,000
Exceeding 600,000/= but not exceeding 700,000/=
60,000
Exceeding 700,000/= but not exceeding 800,000/=
70,000
Exceeding 800,000/= but not exceeding 900,000/=
80,000
Exceeding 900,000/= but not exceeding 1,000,000/=
90,000
Exceeding 1,000,000/=
100,000

iii. Businessmen/ Women

BUSINESS MONTHLY TURNOVER (IN SH)
LST PER YEAR
500,000 but not exceeding 1,000,000/=
5,000
Exceeding 1,000,000/= but not exceeding 2,000,000/=
10,000
Exceeding 2,000,000/= but not exceeding 3,000,000/=
20,000
Exceeding 3,000,000/= but not exceeding 4,000,000/=
30,000
Exceeding 4,000,000/= but not exceeding 5,000,000/=
40,000
Exceeding 5,000,000/= but not exceeding 6,000,000/=
50,000
Exceeding 6,000,000/= but not exceeding 7,000,000/=
60,000
Exceeding 7,000,000/= but not exceeding 8,000,000/=
70,000
Exceeding 8,000,000/= but not exceeding 9,000,000/=
80,000
Exceeding 9,000,000/= but not exceeding 10,000,000/=
90,000
Exceeding 10,000,000/=
100,000/=

D. What are the consequences of late payment?

Where the local service tax payable or any part of it remains unpaid at the end of the first four months of the financial year, there shall be a surcharge of 50 percent of the amount remaining unpaid OR Subject to the law governing local service taxes, any person who without lawful excuse, the proof of which shall lie on him or her, refuses, neglects, or fails to pay the tax to which he or she is liable, four months from the date the tax is due, commits an offense and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one month and a fine not exceeding double the amount of the tax due. Please follow this link https://ecitie2.kcca.go.ug/portal/revenue-sources-local-service-tax/ and the thresholds on which LST is taxable, Should you need further guidance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Our Legal/Tax and Regulatory Compliance Team:

Stephen Tumwesigye 

Managing Partner

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Lynne Wells 

Special Counsel

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 Juliet Namirembe

Senior Tax Associate

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 Priscilla Busulwa

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Rushongoza Begumya

Legal Associate

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Elizabeth Akoth

Tax & Accounts Associate

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