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Kenya Tax Amnesty Programme is already yielding positive outcomes as the Kenya Revenue Authority, KRA has declared a whooping Sh3.4 billion generated so far from the scheme.
The whooping sum according to the KRA is a result of the registration of more than 17,000 taxpayers seeking the tax amnesties with an expectation for them to remit Sh10.5 Billion.
On the flip side, the mass registration has allowed the system to figure out 2.8 million taxpayers who are liable to one penalty or the other thereby, qualifying for the tax amnesty programme.
Kenya Tax Amnesty Programme: More on the Increased Revenue
Speaking recently to the media, Caroline Rotich, the Chief Manager of Domestic Taxes in the KRA, the tax amnesty programme commenced September 1st 2023 with an expectation for the numbers to continue to grow. He assures of increased awareness.
In exact, the KRA has stated that it anticipates collecting Sh51 billion from the debts accrued during the period.
Going Back Memory Lane
Recall that the Finance Act of 2023 in Kenya introduced a tax amnesty programme on interest and penalties on tax debt up to 31st December 2022. The amnesty programme is expected to run from the 1st of September 2023 to June 20th 2024.
In essence, the Finance Act, of 2023 deleted the tax waiver and abandonment provisions this is why taxpayers are now encouraged to take advantage of the tax amnesty.
To avoid sanctions and any other punitive measures, taxpayers are advised to visit their nearest Tax Service Office to make payment arrangements for outstanding principal taxes and any further clarification.
Culled from the Finance Act 2023, the tax amnesty is expected to be enacted:
- Where a person has paid all the principal taxes that were due by 31st December 2022, the person will be entitled to an automatic waiver of the penalties and interest related to that period and will not be required to make an amnesty application.
- Where a person has not paid all the principal taxes accrued up to 31st December 2022, they will be required to apply to the Commissioner for amnesty on interest and penalties and propose a payment plan for any outstanding principal taxes which should be paid not later than 30th June 2024.
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