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Vyper Ranking: Why should Gov’t tax us when it doesn’t support us

Ayire Sadam aka Vyper Ranking has pulled out of his skin with a bag of questions to the ruling government. According to the singer, he asks whether the government has supported the Ugandan music industry before it thinks of taxing them. This followed after Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) directed all individuals earning from entertainment activities to get a Tax Identification Number (TIN).


A few weeks back, the government asked all of us (Musicians) to pay taxes which I 100% endorse ‘But’ what have they (the government) in history considered us through our collecting society, #UPRS as far as allocating our share as saved up per musical calendar is concerned?

The protests of us not getting the royalties as collected by our collecting society have been inflating and no one came out for us to lean onto, the government.

It’s not easy to be a musician in Uganda. There’s no system or policy to favor our careers, there’s nothing here – If you want to make it, you have to inject almost all of your lineage resources to achieve your dreams.

I have been in Tanzania and Malawi, days ago, and I happen to interact with a few A-list artists who shared me with their collecting society’s statements, I was stunned – Their CMO with the help of government policies to safeguard their industry, every artist is entitled to get respective annual royalties as collected.

But then where’s the support here?,” Vyper Ranking posted.

Should Artists get Tax Identification Numbers? What do you make of this whole thing?

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