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Title: The impact of taxation on the development of small scale business in Busolwe Town Council, Butaleja District
Authors: Haluga, Ally
Keywords: Taxation
Development of small scale business
Issue Date: Sep-2018
Publisher: Kampala International University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Abstract: The study was designed to establish the impact of taxation on small scale business in Busolwe Town Council in Butaleja District in Eastern Uganda. The objective of the study included: to establish the types of taxes paid that small scale businesses are required to pay to analyze the effects of the taxes levied on small, scale businesses and to analyze the challenges faced by small scale businesses in paying taxes in Busolwe Town Council. Simple random sampling and purposive sampling was used to collect data. The sample size was drawn from three wards in the council which include: Busolwe central, Zebra, and Dundo. Forty (40) respondents were interviewed by the use of questionnaires and interview guide these where used to gather primary data. Data presentation and analysis was done in tabula format using numbers and percentages and description was used in analysis to supplement on what is in the tables. The study revealed that reduction in profits were as a result of high taxes imposed on small scale businesses where what they gain out of sales as profit is spent on clearing tax dues and thus little is saved to add stoke in their business, The investment decisions of small scale businesses are equally influenced by tax levied in that when tax charged seem to be low traders save much more than when tax levied on the business is high which fetches them less profit. The study established that most small business is family run thus making them depart from the objectives of the businesses. The existence of lack of tax education leads to non-compliance among taxpayers arising from multiple taxes imposed on the business taxpayers that makes them not to appreciate taxes levied. In conclusion according to researcher findings, low tax ra e policy is an instrumental to the survival and growth of small businesses. However, the best talK policy that suit SMEs encourages compliance and should be lower for both compliance costIand administrative cost to reduce uncertainty faced by tax payers to improve on their compliance and should be designed in such a way that should not affect taxpayers business expansion and growth. According to the established findings the researcher recommended tax collection be defined with respect to which the government should collect certain tax from small businesses, and tax be collected in relation to the size, ability to pay including location. Tax policies should be designed in such a manner that it will encourage potential taxpayers, voluntary compliance and ultimately lead to business interest of small business persons in Busolwe Town Council.
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