President-elect, William Ruto urges decorum in the collection of taxes
President-elect of Kenya, William Ruto has expressed displeasure over the use of extreme measures by the Kenya-tax administration like shutting down businesses to enforce compliance.
The president-elect advocates the need for the tax administration spearheaded by the Kenya Revenue Authority, KRA to desist from shutting down businesses but seek ways to resolve tax disputes amicably with defaulters.
William Ruto further explained that even though raking in high tax revenue is important to helping the government meet their primary obligation, it is much more important to appeal to the conscience of taxpayers in Kenya rather than applying force that can lead to a revolt.
He also took out time to explain that deliberate effort must be channelled to making tax compliance popular as it is the sure way for the country to eradicate the current appetite for borrowing both locally and internationally.
Kenya-Tax Administration: More on the president’s take
The President-elect further noted that the country has a good opportunity to revive the ailing state of its economy if the large appetite for borrowing is dealt with and businesses become compliant in paying their taxes.
Ruto addressing an audience at a recently held interdenominational thanksgiving service at Maua Stadium in Meru County also took out the time to urge beneficiaries of the ‘Hustler Fund’ to pay the appropriate taxes for continuous liquidity in the system.
Recall that recently the Kenya Revenue Agency had moved to court accusing Keroche Breweries of not honouring a tax agreement which informed the reopening of the Naivasha-based brewer in July.
The back and forth between both parties had lingered since July involving a whopping sum of Sh14.2million which has led to the eventual shutdown of the factory.
Recall that in the former capacity of Vice President before his resignation had won the August 9th Presidential polls that were closely contested.
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