Production Studios

What is a production studio?

A production company, production house, production studio, is a company or studio that creates works in the fields of performing arts, new media art, film, television, radio, comics, interactive arts, video games, websites, music, and video.

They are involved in business that produces content or products in a variety of formats including tv and radio commercials, music audios and videos, film, television programs, radio programing etc. 

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An is required to be registered with;

  • Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) for Company registration
  • Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) for taxes
  • Local council authority e.g. KCCA, municipal council, for a trading license

Please note:

Upon registration, the business may be required to comply with the requirements of statutory bodies like;

  • Uganda Communication Commission (UCC)
  • Ministry of information and national guidance
  • Ministry of gender labour and social development

For individual

  • National ID or any other two of the following valid identification documents;  Passport, Driving permit, Voter’s card, Village ID, Employment ID, Refugee ID, recent Bank statement, Work permit, financial card, Visa, NSSF card etc.
  • Certificate of registration (incase you are in business)
  • Statement of particulars and partnership deeds (incase of a partnership)

For non-individual

  • Company Form 20
  • Certificate of incorporation

Click here for details on requirements for registration

Click here for your rights  as a taxpayer

Click here for your  obligations as a taxpayer

The taxes applicable to production company/studio business include the following;

Income tax – applies to all, whether individual or non-individual player.

Please note: The rate applicable for income tax for non-individual clients is 30% of the entity’s chargeable income (gross income less allowable deductions). However, individual income tax depends on the bracket in which the individual falls.

Click here for individual income tax rates 

Corporation tax

It’s a tax imposed on non-individual players in the sector at a standard rate of 30%.

Value Added Tax (VAT)

VAT is a consumption tax charged at a rate of 18% on all supplies made by taxable persons i.e. persons registered or required to register for VAT purposes. The threshold for VAT registration is an annual turnover of over 150 million, or 37.5 million in the first 3 consecutive months.

Click here for more information on VAT 

Please note: All VAT registered taxpayers are obliged to register for EFRIS and issue e-invoices

Click here for information on how to register for EFRIS

Withholding tax

  • Withholding tax on suppliers – If you’re a designated withholding tax agent, you are expected to withhold at a rate of 6% from your suppliers whose transaction amount exceeds UGX 1,000,000 in a single transaction
  • Withholding tax on payments to non – resident public entertainers –this tax is charged at a rate of 15% of the gross amount of the payment derived by the non – resident public entertainer. The tax is withheld and paid before the non-resident entertainer leaves the country.
  • Withholding tax on payments to local public entertainers – this tax is withheld at the rate of 6% on the gross amount and remitted to URA

Click here for more information on Withholding tax.

Pay As You Earn (PAYE)

This tax applies to a sector player who has employees (administrative or causal laborers) that earn an aggregate in excess of Ugx. 235,000 per month. This form of tax is withheld every month.

Click here for the PAYE rates

These returns are filed like any other Income tax returns

Click here for information on how to file your returns. 

After filing a return, you’re required to pay the resultant tax using any of the available payment platforms e.g. banks, mobile money, EFT, RTGS, VISA, Mastercard, USSD code (*285#) etc.

Please note: the due date for payment of tax is the same as that of return filing.

Click here to register a payment


In case you cannot register online, visit the nearest URA office for assistance or call the toll-free line 0800117000/0800217000 or WhatsApp: 0772140000


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