URA issues deadline for the new electronic fiscal receipting

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KAMPALA– Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has cautioned businesses to utilize the remaining days and integrate the Electronic Fiscal Receipting and Invoicing Solution (EFRIS) in their operations because there will be no further extension of deadline beyond January 1, 2021.

James Odong, the Assistant Commissioner Process Management Domestic Taxes at URA says the tax body is on track to finally roll out the solution come January.

It follows two extensions of implementation deadline at the request of the business community who said they weren’t ready.

According to Odong, EFRIS will ensure that revenue is raised in an economically efficient way and it will reduce the compliance burden for individuals and businesses. The electronic receipting system will also enhance transparency by making it harder to engage in dishonesty and fraud.

When a sale is made, transactional details will be captured in the seller’s system invoicing system (ERP), encrypted and transmitted to URA in real time to generate e-receipts and e-invoices.

Users will have a range of platforms to use including; a web portal, Desktop App, Mobile App, USSD and Electronic Fiscal Device (EFD).

Out of the 19,207 people on the VAT register, 18,003 have already registered on the EFRIS technology. This represents 93.7%. Some additional 13,312 users who are Non-VAT registered taxpayers had voluntarily registered as at December 12.

URA says over 4000 users have been trained in the use of EFRIS for the last 4 months.

EFRIS is a self-enforcing solution especially for the business-to-business and business-to-government (Ministries Departments Agencies (MDAs) and Diplomatic Missions and International Organizations.

Government has communicated to these categories of entities to ensure they demand e-receipts/invoices) from suppliers.

“Demand for e-receipts/invoices by the final consumers is KEY!! Lotteries to encourage consumers to ask for EFRIS by sectors e.g. Rental, Supermarkets etc,” Odong said.

The consumer will have to download the ‘Kakasa EFRIS Mobile App to validate the e-invoice issued by the seller. The App uses QR scanning technology to scan the Quick Response (QR) Code on the e-invoice or receipt to verify its authenticity.