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New Recruits Eager to Deliver Collect Sh180 Million for KRA

They have helped broaden the tax base and ensure that more individuals and businesses fulfil their tax obligations

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Recently recruited Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Revenue Service Assistants have made significant progress in expanding the tax base and enhancing revenue mobilization across the country.  According to KRA, the field officers have played a crucial role in supporting the tax agency’s efforts to collect additional revenue and tackle tax evasion.

During a meeting with the National Assembly Committee on National Cohesion and Equal Opportunity, KRA Commissioner General, Mr Humphrey Wattanga, highlighted the impact of the Revenue Service Assistants, stating that they have contributed to an extra Ksh180.594 million in revenue collected in the field over the last six months.

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Mr Wattanga said the field officers have been instrumental in identifying 20,551 unregistered taxpayers and bringing an additional 10,515 taxpayers into compliance with various tax obligations. This proactive approach has helped broaden the tax base and ensure that more individuals and businesses fulfil their tax responsibilities.

Recognizing the challenges faced by field officers in dealing with diverse taxpayers and complex tax evasion schemes, KRA provided comprehensive training to equip them with both tax knowledge and paramilitary skills. The paramilitary training aimed to instil values such as discipline, dedication, perseverance, courage, and commitment in their service to the Kenyan people.

The training was also critical due to the physical nature of the officers’ work. Recruits with health-related complications were not included in the on-boarding process due to potential risks associated with rigorous paramilitary training, in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all participants. Additionally, the officers received technical training on Value Added Tax, Customs, and KRA business systems to enhance their effectiveness.

In light of the recent court ruling, KRA said that it respects the decision made by the court and is in the process of reviewing its Diversity & Inclusion Policy to address the concerns raised. In spite of efforts made in implementing diversity and inclusion in areas such as gender mainstreaming, work environment and culture, it says there is still more to be done that shall inform the policy review process.

KRA is also moving towards digital transformation to put in place effective systems and frameworks that will bolster the inclusive equal opportunity agenda. The High Court has however stayed and suspended its judgement for 30 days, with effect from 1st March, 2024.

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BILL YAURA
BILL YAURA
Bill Yaura is a Correspondent for Business Today. He can be reached on email: [email protected]
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