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, along with the Request for Research Proposals using the URA administrative tax data is launched on 19 May 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 can apply for data access through the Request for Research Proposals which is open until 27 June 2022.

The URA tax administrative data has been used in several research papers. If you are planning to respond to the Request for Research Proposals, please check previous publications to avoid duplication.


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 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.