High Court delivers judgement against the Game Discount World appeal

by Akanshumbusha Jill
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The Commercial Division of the High Court of Uganda has delivered a Judgment today against an appeal lodged by Game Discount World against Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), seeking to overturn the Tax Appeals Tribunal’s ruling, in effect securing  tax revenue worth UGX 21,485,110,040/-.
The tribunal had dismissed the case of Game Discount World for having been lodged late in the tribunal. The case springs from a tax liability of UGX 21,485,110,040 imposed on Game after a customs post clearance audit.
The audit established that Game omitted several incidental costs during the importation of several goods from Masstores (pty) Ltd to Uganda. URA added back the omitted costs and assessed tax of UGX 21,485,110,040 which Game Discount objected to by filing a case in the TAT.
In his Judgment, the High Court Judge, Hon.Justice Mr. Stephen Mubiru, upheld the decision of the Tax Appeals Tribunal, dismissing the case by, having been lodged outside the timelines allowed by law for challenging URA’s tax assessments.
This decision means that the taxman can now collect the unpaid taxes of UGX 21,485,110,040 with interest. Game World was represented by AF Mpanga Advocates while URA was represented by George Okello, URA’s AC Litigation and Legal officers – Aliddeki Ssali Alex and Kwerit Sam.

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