Written by on May 26, 2023

By Whitney Akunga

President William Ruto has put the Kenya Revenue Authority on notice to improve its operations by adopting more efficient and transparent practices in ensuring tax compliance.

Speaking on Friday 26th, at Times Tower after filing his tax returns, he noted that although tax revenue has grown steadily in recent years, the tax base remains far short of its full potential, blaming it on KRA.

“The authority continues to maximize collection from existing taxpayers through processes and technologies that belong to a bygone era,” he said.

He pointed out that KRA has been resistant to the introduction and upgrading of revenue administration technologies, noting that corruptible revenue collection methods have been the preferred mode of operation at Times Tower which houses KRA headquarters.

“KRA must stop the tiresome drama of pretending to be fighting with stakeholders over new technology and avoid irritating Kenyans with proposals to spend billions of shillings on irrelevant projects. Kenyans expect no less, deserve no less and are entitled to no less,” he added.

President Ruto urged KRA and the government as a whole to embrace integrity in managing public resources, even as he guaranteed his commitment to ensuring effectiveness and accountability in the use of public funds collected by KRA.

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