Fashion design and tailoring traders have called on the government to revise the new tax policy on imported raw materials.
They allege that the URA implemented the $3 per kilo tax policy (effective July 1, 2022) on all of their materials brought into the country, but promised to revise it during their previous engagements with officials from the Ministry of Finance.
“We risk being forced out of business if the government does not save us money and revise its tax policy of $3 per kilo on all imported textile raw materials, because many of us do not have the financial means to pay now,” said Uthman Mwanje. , the president of Unitec Tailors and Fashion Designers Association.
He was supported by textile traders who understood; Harriet Nabatanzi (who sells women’s dresses, from the Ham mall) and Moses Rwegaba (who sells men’s clothes at the Pentagon arcade).
They called on the government to maintain its previous tax policy where the URA applies the $3 per kilo tax, only to traders who import locally manufactured raw materials.
The Department of Finance will address the concerns
Contacted, the director in charge of economic affairs at the Ministry of Finance, Moses Kaggwa, promised that the ministry would look into the concerns of traders.