The Permanent Secretary , Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Keith Muhakanizi has asked Ugandans to forget about the refund of the 1% Mobile Money tax (OTT) as directed by the president in August.
Muhakanizi says that the money was collected legally and spent legally on services to the Ugandans.
He disclosed this during a meeting where he was presenting the 2nd quarter report of Government expenditure at the Ministry of ﬁnance headquarters in Kampala.
This was in reply to president Museveni who had earlier in August said that the charging of 1 percent on mobile money transactions was illegal and directed the Uganda Revenue Authority to refund all the charges levied on disposit and money transfers.
The parliament later voted to scrap the taxes on deposits and money transfers and allowing only 1 percent of tax on withdrawals.
The mobile money tax is contained in Excise duty amendment bill that was pass by parliament in March and took effect on 1 July.
The tax was widely opposed by sections of population sparking demonstration in Kampala with majority of population calling the tax unfair as it is targeting the poor population who cannot afford to put meal on table.