URA Slaps Bobi Wine with Taxes of $166,700 Over Armored Car

URA has shamelessly asked Bobi Wine to pay $166,700 equivalent to Sh 337,698,776.25/-, In their letter addressed to his lawyer today they stated as follows;

Your letter Ref: WAC/COMC/GEN/2021 dated 20th April 2021 on the above matter refers; the contents have been noted; we wish to respond as follows; Following the re-examination of your clients’ motor vehicle, Toyota Land Cruiser V8 Reg. No. UBJ 667F; it was confirmed that the unit was armored. The details of Ballistic protection were confirmed as 90 mm for the window upper plate glass and 6 mm for the bottom Hull.

It was also established that the declaration made vide Customs reference UGCWH C 54 of 12th February 2021 did bare false hoods of clearing it as a normal vehicle yet it was armored contrary to Sections 203 of the East African Community Customs Management Act, 2004.

Customs has re-valued the motor vehicle using alternative methods of valuation and appraised a Customs value of $ 166,700/= (United States Dollars One hundred sixty-six thousand only); with tax payable of UGX 337,698,776.25/= (Uganda Shillings Three hundred thirty-seven million six hundred ninety-eight thousand seven hundred seventy-six only).

Please advise your client to liaise with the office of the Assistant Commissioner Enforcement who by copy hereof is requested to facilitate payment of due taxes and release of your client’s vehicle accordingly.

Bobi Wine has come out and expressed his disappointment saying that At first, all was good because the car wasn’t in his name. Interpol, Police Forensics and URA all examined it and cleared it. URA levied a tax which we paid That’s when they claimed it was undervalued and demanded I return it.

Kyadondo East Legislator has said he will keep the public updated of what is going to happen next and all the steps that are going to be taken


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