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Bibles & Qurans It's fake news - URA responds to reports of taxing holy books

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Uganda Revenue Authority has made clarifications after reports of taxing bibles and qurans

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Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has termed reports on new taxes on holy books as fake news.

The tax body's Commissioner General, Doris Akol, made the clarification in a series of tweets on Tuesday, responding to reports by privately owned newspaper, Daily Monitor, that government will start taxing bibles, qurans and hymn books.

She said the story is "fake news".

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The Commissioner General reiterated that commercial enterprises of churches are already taxable.

Ms. Akol said they are instead proposing to exempt the holy books from tax citing VAT Amendment Bill 2018 since "the tax status of Bibles and hymn books has been 'VATable' since 1996 todate".

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"Yes to the extent that there is no introduction of new taxes on Holy books as suggested but instead an introduction for exemption from tax on the holy books," she added.

State Minister for Finance Bahati David told legislators that "there will be no such tax as this would mean 'standing in the way of  spreading the word of God'".