Kenyans to pay more for beauty products

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By Nicholas Nduati

The cost of living is expected to further increase after the government has increased the road maintenance levy component in fuel price from 12 shillings per liter to 18 shillings per liter.

To curb the increased cases of fuel adulteration, the government has increased excise duty on kerosene.

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Those who use make up and beauty products are set to bear the brunt of increased prices following the introduction of a 10 percent excise duty on cosmetic products.

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In keeping with a Mwananchi budget, Rotich proposed an increase to 50 dollars from 40 dollars in passenger tax flights for international flights and a 600 shillings tax increase from 500 shillings for domestic flights, while at the same time removing VAT charges for entry into National game parks.

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County governments were on the losing end if revelations by the Cabinet Secretary that levies they charge such as CESS and other licenses may be in violation of the constitution.

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He said a policy to guide counties in raising additional revenue is being drafted.

Instead of applying different rates of duty on imported second hand vehicles, Rotich has proposed a 20 percent flat import duty on the value of the vehicle.

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