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East Africa Revenue Authorities Taps Ksh.410 Million From Tax Evasion Crack Down

The East Africa Revenue Authorities have tapped a whooping Ksh.410,231,153.80 from investigations spanning October 2023 to April 2024 in tax evasion.

The performance in revenue growth is attributed to transparency, collaboration, and technological innovation in combating corruption.

To combat tax evasion, Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Commissioner General, Humphrey Wattanga called for Revenue Authorities to be ahead of the curve in addressing tax integrity and combatting corruption.

“KRA continues to leverage technology to enhance the revenue administration, analyse tax information and gain a better view of the business and transaction space. Corruption fights back, mutates and with technology may become more complex, Wattanga.

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He was speaking during the 18th East Africa Revenue Authorities Technical Committee on Integrity (EARATCI) meeting, held under the theme “Integrity and Revenue Performance,” graciously hosted by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

Wattanga reiterated KRA’s commitment to advancing the strategic objectives of EARATCI through collaborative endeavors, knowledge exchange, and information sharing among East African Revenue Authorities.

This follows KRA’s major milestone after over 500,000 registered Kenyans benefitted from the ongoing Tax Amnesty Programme to regularise their tax compliance status.

The initiative has seen the taxman garnering over Ksh.20.8 billion with a total of Ksh 28.7 billion having been self-declared as unpaid taxes. This signals Ksh.7.9 billion that is yet to be remitted by those who are seeking to benefit from the 10-month programme that started early September last year.

Taxpayers who had defaulted on filing and paying their taxes have so far benefited from Ksh.244.7 billion in waiver of penalties and interests.

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Collins Ogutu

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