“Lira University secretary liable for not remitting taxes” – Public Accounts Committee
Members of Parliament on the Public Accounts Committee have resolved to hold the University Secretary of Lira University liable for failure to remit over shillings 30 million in taxes.
Augustine Oyang-Atubo–accounting officer on Tuesday appeared before the committee with a team of officials from the University including the University deputy bursar Francis Adrapi to respond to queries in the auditor general’s report for the 2018/2019 financial year.
According to the Auditor General, the University did not remit Pay as You Earn tax (PAYE) of Shillings 31.73 million deducted from the payment of housing and top-up allowances of Shillings 105.79 million.
He noted that this failure attracts fines and penalties which may impact negatively on service delivery by the University.
PAC vice chairperson Okin Ojara noted that the money has to be recovered from the University Secretary and the bursar.
Tusiime added that even the penal tax for failure to remit must be deducted from the accounting officer.
The University officials also came under fire for an unauthorized expenditure of Shillings 359 million on domestic arrears. According to the financial statements of the University, Shillings 84 million was allocated towards payment of arrears, however, Tusiime noted that the cash flow statement for the year in question indicated an amount of 443 million paid during the year in question.
He has demanded that the University present an explanation to the committee on which budget items were affected by this unauthorized expenditure and also provide authorization from the finance ministry for the expenditure.