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National Treasury Reinstates Pre-Covid Tax Rates Effective January

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Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani on Friday, December 4 confirmed that pre-pandemic tax rates would take effect on January 1, 2021.

Those earning less than Ksh24,000 will, however, continue to enjoy 100% relief as they will be exempt them from Pay As You Earn (PAYE) tax.

“However, the government will continue to cushion the low-income earners, by retaining 100 per cent tax exemption/relief for those earning monthly incomes of Sh24,000 and below,” Yattani noted in a statement sent to newsrooms.

Effective January 1, Corporate Tax rate will revert to 30% from the current 25%. Individual Income Tax rate  will revert to 30% from the current 25%.

Value Added Tax (VAT) rate will revert to 16% from the current 14 per cent.

Treasury CS Ukur Yatani targets Sh 161bn budget cuts. www.businesstoday.co.ke
Treasury CS Ukur Yatani addressing a past media briefing.

“It is important to note that these are not new tax rates, but just a return to the prevailing tax rate before the pandemic.

“This is indeed within the knowledge of all stakeholders,” Yattani’s statement read in part.

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The CS had revealed that government revenues had dipped by Ksh65 billion on account of the relief measures.

Q3 data from the treasury showed that the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) missed its payroll and consumption tax collection targets for the three months to September. The taxman posted a shortfall of Ksh62.5 billion.

Joint collection from pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) and consumption levies including Value Added Tax (VAT), import duty and excise duty stood at Sh225.14 billion in the quarter to September, against a collection target of Ksh288 billion.

The situation was driven by widespread layoffs and wage cuts as businesses responded to the shocks of the pandemic.

It was further exacerbated by the relief measures first announced in April.

“The decline is attributed to the difficult operating environment due to the Covid-19 pandemic which has been adversely affecting revenue performance from March 2020,” the treasury noted in its report.

READ ALSO>>>>>KRA Posts Ksh63B Tax Shortfall on Layoffs, Relief


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MARTIN SIELEhttps://loud.co.ke/
Martin K.N Siele is the Content Lead at Business Today. He is also a Quartz contributor and a 2021 Baraza Media Lab-Fringe Graph Data Storytelling Fellow. Passionate about digital media, sports and entertainment, Siele also founded Loud.co.ke
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