There is now an extensive body of literature looking into the factors that influence tax compliance. These studies, loosely known as tax morale studies, employ various tools to understand why some people pay taxes while others do not. In some cases, the studies are gender disaggregated, thereby enabling us to understand how men and women behave differently. The findings in this regard have been mixed. While these studies help us understand taxation from a gender perspective, many of them are based on surveys or simulation exercises, neither of which tells us with certainly how individuals would react when making real life decisions about whether or not to pay taxes (Mascgani, 2016). The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) collects detailed taxpayer data at the time of registration consisting of information on gender, age, marital status, citizenship, residence and sources of income. This data can be matched with that of tax returns, payments and international trade data to examine the actual compliance behaviour of different taxpayer categories. While the URA has always been in possession of this information, to date, no study had been undertaken to analyse the behaviour of taxpayers based on their gender. Similarly, there are no official gender disaggregated statistics on tax revenue collections. The study seeks to add to the scant body of literature on the relationship between gender and taxes by using URA administrative data. The central research question is: What is the compliance behaviour of female-led enterprises vis-à-vis that of male-led enterprises?

Researchers

Ronald Waiswa

Ronald Waiswa is a Research and Policy Analysis Supervisor at the Uganda Revenue Authority. He has collaborated with the ICTD on a number of research projects in Uganda on issues including taxing wealthy individuals and public sector agencies.

Nathan Sebaggala

Jalia Kangave

Dr. Jalia Kangave holds a PhD in Law from the University of British Columbia, and has over decade of experience in the fields of taxation, law, and international development. She previously served as the Principal of the East African School of Taxation in Uganda, worked as a tax consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers Uganda, and was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies. Dr Kangave is the lead consultant for the International Centre for Tax and Development’s research programme on gender and taxation.

Project Outputs

African Tax Administration Paper
Are Women More Tax Compliant than Men? How Would We Know?