Joseph O. OkujaTeam Lead - Tax

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areas of expertise
  • Tax compliance & general advisory
  • Tax planning & structuring
  • Tax accounting & financial accounting
  • Transfer pricing advisory
  • Objections & appeals advisory
  • Tax audits & reviews
  • Tax preparation & filings
education
  • Diploma, tax law and practice, URA Training Centre, Kampala, Uganda, 2000.
  • B.A, Social Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, 1996.
  • General Tax Administration Course, Malaysian Tax Academy, 2005
  • Advanced Auditing of Multinational Enterprises, OECD, 2009
  • Experienced Tax Practitioner with over 20 years of relevant experience in Uganda both as a tax administrator with the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and as a Professional tax practitioner. STC Consultant on Fiscal Policy with the World Bank Group.
  • Extensive experience improving capacity building and tax administration modernization in a Ugandan context as demonstrated by working with the Ugandan government, local and international NGOs based in Uganda, as well commercial clients in Uganda.
  • Approaches tax matters with a broad understanding of the regulatory, tax and business consequences arising, so as to provide the best solutions to complex tax questions in a simple manner. Areas of specialty cover domestic and international taxation, corporate structuring and re-organisations, cross border transactions, oil, gas and minerals tax compliance requirements, tax related due diligence, transfer pricing, tax health checks and, tax advisory on income tax, VAT, withholding tax, customs and excise duty.
  • Commands vast knowledge and experience in tax policy issues, statutory interpretation, tax law, taxation accounting, tax audits and general tax planning for efficient and effective tax compliance.
  • Competencies in computer skills, research skills, training delivery skills, consultancy, financial accounting and audit, excellent report writing skills, quality assurance skills, excellent presentation and communication skills, with experience in teaching, training, workshop presentations and moderation. Reliable, selfmotivated, focused and results oriented with the ability to professionally lead and deliver results.
  • Good management and leadership skills, including critical thinking, decision-making and problem-solving skills, Project Planning and Management skills, Research and Analysis.
  • Proficient in English – Spoken and Written.
  • Ugandan citizen.

Other Trainings

  • Certificate – VAT treatment in relation to banks and financial services (Crown Agents & Forum for VAT
    Administrators in Africa), 2011.
  • Certificate – Auditing of small and medium enterprises (African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF), 2010
  • Certificate – Introduction to the Oil and Gas Industry (MDT International), 2009
  • Certificate – Advanced Auditing of multinational enterprises), Organisation for Economic Cooperation and
    Development (OECD), 2009.
  • Certificate – International Computer Driving License (Makerere University), 2009.
  • Certificate – Project monitoring and evaluation (Uganda Management Institute), 2008.
  • Certificate – Project Planning (Uganda Management Institute), 2008.
  • Certificate – ICT Training on Tax Audits (URA Training School), 2008.
  • Certificate – Customer relationship management (World Solutions), 2006.
  • Certificate – Senior management development program (Centre for Customs & Excise Studies), 2006.
  • Certificate – General tax administration course (Malaysian Tax Academy), 2005.
  • Certificate – Commercial investigations course (URA Training School), 2004.
  • Certificate – Training of Trainers on tax administration (URA Training School), 2002.
  • Certificate – In-house training on VAT and income tax (URA Training School), 2000.

Experience

  • Present – Director | Team Lead – Tax & Regulatory Services – Libra Advocates & Consultants
  • 2016 – 2019 – Tax Director and CEO – TASLAF Advocates & Consultants, Kampala, Uganda
    CEO and Tax Director responsible for day to day performance and management of the Firm. Directing and controlling the Firm’s operations and to giving strategic guidance and direction to the Partners to ensure that the firm’s mission and objectives are achieved. Developing and maintaining quality management systems throughout the firm to ensure that the best possible services are provided to customers. Negotiating retainer and ad hoc engagements with clients. Providing tax and legal advisory and consultancy services to a wide range of clients local, international and multi-national on tax and legal regulatory landscape in Uganda. Responsible for the clients’ tax compliance, tax planning and accounting for income taxes. Overseeing the conduct of tax health checks on clients, transfer pricing compliance and tax planning.
  • 2011 – 2015 – Director, Tax and Legal Services – Grant Thornton International, Kampala, Uganda
    Responsible for the overall responsibility for the Tax Practice and to engaged in activities designed to generate new business relationships. Developed and operated a system of quality control in the Tax practice department and ultimately assumed ultimate responsibility for the quality control system of the Practice;
    Developed a quality assurance manual for the tax practice. Conducted a sensitization workshops for existing and potential clients with a view to market. Assumed full responsibility of all engagements and had responsibility for the implementation, communication and monitoring of the Tax Practice quality control policies and procedures, including the leadership and oversight responsibility of the entire Practice.
    Developed a fee structure for tax compliance and tax consultancy services specifying a minimum and maximum fee charge; and taking into account the value of services offered (value billing) our tax services. Periodically evaluated client relationships and considered whether commercial considerations might be
    overriding the Tax Practice quality control objectives. Ensured that the Tax Practice quality control policies and procedures were communicated to all personnel in a manner that provides reasonable assurance that personnel understand and comply with those policies and procedures. Supervised the assignment of duties
    to, and the training of, personnel assigned to engagements, including review of all working papers and the completed returns for compliance with established standards. Planned tax season strategies, developed office policies pertaining to the Tax Practice, informing the members of tax developments, and coordinating
    the filing of all returns.
  • 2005 – 2010 – Supervisor, Audit Quality Assurance – Uganda Revenue Authority, Kampala, UgandaFacilitated the development and improvement of the audit process and audit reviews by the program to ensure appropriate systems were in place and that all activities were in-line with the departmental business plan and guidelines. Managed and supervised the development and improvement of audit processes, programs and audit reviews to ensure appropriate systems are in place and activities are in line with the departmental business plan and guidelines. Monitored and evaluated audit performance to ensure that audit activities conform to established standards and procedures in accordance with the departmental performance indicators. Planned and executed quality assurance reviews of completed audits in line with the departmental business plan and performance indicators. Coordinated the setting of audit benchmarks and targets, and develop audit systems to monitor progress against departmental plans. Managed the investigation and implementation of effective corrective and preventive actions for the general improvement of audits through planning, coordinating and implementing audit inspections and reviews of completed and ongoing audits for quality and adherence to the departmental business plan and audit guidelines. Liaised with Internal Audit and Tax Investigations and other units of Uganda Revenue Authority to monitor audit performance in line with Departmental Guidelines, URA corporate objectives and the Human resource Management Manual. Provided technical guidance to auditors and other stakeholders on legal provisions, audit processes and audit procedures resulting from queries which may come either through mail or phone, or even physical visit.
  • 1997 – 2005 – Tax Assessor and Auditor – Uganda Revenue Authority, Kampala, Uganda
    Profiled taxpayers for audit and conducted audit activities, including assessment and collection of domestic taxes. Examined and analyzed taxpayer returns, documents and financial records for accuracy, completeness and validity with tax law requirements. Advised taxpayers on their rights, tax-related issues and compliance obligations.
  • 1996 – Banking Assistant – Crane Bank Ltd, Kampala, Uganda
    Provided banking assistance to bank customers in handling their deposits and withdrawals. Assisted and supported bank administration in its operations. Promoted and cross-sold banking products and services to customers. Receiving cash from the customers or depositors, properly accounting for the cash in the bank books
    and issuing proper acknowledgement receipts to customers. Keeping proper account and ensuring safety of cash held. Paying duly authorized cash vouchers/cheques after getting it passed by proper authorities. Updating passbooks, balancing of books, reconciling the accounts and proper maintenance and upkeep of Bank’s records.
  • 1995 – Immigration Officer – Ministry of Internal Affairs, Kampala, Uganda
    Responsible for helping to maintain effective immigration control at border points. checking the passports and visas of people entering Uganda and establishing whether the visitor meets the criteria.

Accomplishments

  • Contributor to the drafting of the Tax Procedures Code Act of Uganda, 2008.
  • Author of the Audit Procedures Handbook for URA, 2009.
  • Contributor to the re-engineering of tax procedures and processes for the Electronic Integrated Tax Administration System (e-tax), currently used by URA, 2009.
  • Tax Training Consultant with URA – 2018 to date.
  • Author and Publisher:
    1. Compendium of Domestic Tax Laws of Uganda, 2005 (Updated annually).
    2. Taxation of Income and Consumption in Uganda: The Law and the Practice, 2016
    3. Domestic and International Taxation in Uganda – The law, Principles and Practice, 2019

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