Secure research data lab in Uganda

The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and UNU-WIDER have established a secure research lab in the premises of URA. In the secure research lab the collated, quality-assured, and anonymised administrative tax data is available for external researchers by request. The lab was launched in 2022.

Accessing the URA tax administrative data

The URA tax administrative data can only be accessed in the secure research lab at the URA offices in Kampala, Uganda. Researchers are able to apply for data access through separate Requests for Research Proposals.

The URA tax administrative data has already been used in several research papers.


The secure research lab contains the URA firm panel covering corporate income tax returns and firm registration data at business level for 2013–2020. The firm panel is described in a WIDER Technical Note. The data is anonymised to ensure data security. The available statistical software for using the data are Stata and R.

The new datasets will be made available towards the end of 2022. The value-added tax panel will consist of value-added tax returns at a monthly level. The trade data contains custom import and export returns at a transaction level. The detailed information regarding the new datasets will be published in this page later in 2022.