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Tax power in Uganda

Tax is powerful. We all pay tax, but right now, big companies aren’t paying as much as they should in Uganda and other developing countries. Research shows that Uganda gives away harmful tax incentives and exemptions that could fund the entire health budget almost two times (African Development Bank 2009/2010).

If we collected more taxes, used the money better, prioritized public services in health, education and agriculture - and ended corruption in the public sector - it would benefit all Ugandans, especially the poor communities. It would also make the country more attractive to investors - much more than tax giveaways do.

Join with people in poor communities to make sure they get the investment they need for their local hospitals, schools and other vital public services.

Tell the government how our citizens could benefit from more tax money for our schools, hospitals and other public services.

Send a text, starting with 'ACT' and then your message to 0 750 700 889

The SMS messages will be collected and handed over to government.

Please note: ActionAid will collect and store the data and never give your contact details to anyone. You can stop getting updates from us by calling ActionAid Uganda on (0)414 510 363/258.


Take part in the global #taxpaysfor action

How do you want the power of tax to be used?

Show us! Take a picture of what you want tax money to support. Tweet or Instagram it with your message using #taxpaysfor, post it on Facebook using #taxpaysfor and tag us @ActionAid, or email your picture with your first and last name and location to us at and we will tweet it for you and add your picture to the gallery below.

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