TAX EVASION

Fight against tax evasion to continue, warns KRA

KRA said the Revenue is critical in funding service delivery to the citizens of Kenya

In Summary

• KRA calls upon those who have not been complying with the law and therefore not paying their rightful share of taxes to come forward and do so.

•According to KRA, the Revenue collection has grown from sh201 billion in the year 2002/03 to sh1.58 trillion in the year 2018/19 representing a growth of over 68%.

Times Tower which houses the Kenya Revenue Authority head office.
Times Tower which houses the Kenya Revenue Authority head office.
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The Kenya Revenue Authority has insisted it will not relent in its fight against tax evasion by companies in the country. 

KRA in a statement on Thursday said it is charged with the responsibility of collecting revenue on behalf of the Government of Kenya.

The taxman said revenue is critical in funding service delivery to the citizens of Kenya and in achieving the country's transformation agenda.

 

According to KRA, revenue collection has grown from Sh201 billion in 2002/03 to Sh1.58 trillion in 2018/19 representing a growth of over 68 per cent.

KRA said this has enabled the country to continue providing the much-needed services to the Kenyan people.

"This tremendous growth demonstrates that this country will significantly reduce reliance on debt if all persons required to pay taxes pay their rightful share of taxes," KRA said.

"We salute and celebrate the majority of Kenyans who have continued to pay their rightful share of taxes."

KRA said Kenyans commitment to shared prosperity will continue to secure the success of the Country and future generations.

"KRA shall continue supporting them even as they endeavour to comply with tax laws," KRA added.

The authority called upon those who have not been complying with the law and therefore not paying their rightful share of taxes to come forward and do so.

 

"KRA  is committed to guiding them in the process of determination and payment of taxes for the greater good of the country," the statement read.

KRA cautioned Kenyans to reject the narrative that KRA is fighting any individual or business.

"On the contrary, KRA has the additional responsibility of trade facilitation under which we support a business environment that is conducive for the growth of the business, which further results in increased taxes," KRA reiterated.

"All we desire is that all eligible taxpayers make every effort to pay their rightful share of taxes."

KRA says everyone must contribute in an equitable manner to the development of the Country.

"KRA is determined to pursue those who have deliberately chosen to evade taxes through various practices," KRA said in the statement.

This move comes after the DCI and DPP called for the arrests and arraignment of directors of two liquor companies, Africa Spirits Ltd and Keroche Breweries Ltd over tax evasion and money laundering claims.