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Revenue assistants helped KRA net extra Ksh 180M in taxes

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The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has netted an extra Ksh 180.6 million from expanded tax base following the recruitment of additional Revenue Service Assistants.

Speaking before the National Assembly Committee on National Cohesion and Equal Opportunity, KRA Commissioner General Humphrey Wattanga said the increased revenue collection was registered in the last six months of the year since recruitment of the officers.

“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 bae and ensure that more individuals and businesses fulfil their tax responsibilities,” said KRA.

The authority told legislators that it had equipped the officers with tax knowledge and paramilitary skills to deal with diverse taxpayers and complex tax evasion schemes.

This comes as court nullified the hiring of the 1406 revenue service officers which was dominated by two tribes and lacked inclusion and diversity.

Wattanga told MPs that KRA is in the process of reviewing its Diversity and Inclusion Policy to address concerns raised by the courts.