13 June 2014

Kenya: Taxing Times for Some, but Services Are a Right


During the new financial year that runs from July 1 to June 30 next year, the government needs Sh1.7 trillion to finance its operations.

Of this, the Kenya Revenue Authority is expected to raise Sh1.1 trillion, which is quite an uphill task.

Kenyans are currently some of the most highly taxed citizens anywhere, but the services offered by government fall way below what Kenyans pay for in taxes.

On top of the tax on your income, the taxman wants a share of revenue in almost all goods you lay your hands on or services you seek.

The taxman must equally go for the rich who have perfected ways of dodging taxes on most of their true earnings. But yesterday, the minister once again shelved the Capital Gains tax, which mainly targets the rich.

Corruption and wastage still consume an intolerably large part of our revenue.

If the country could plug this waste and ensure the taxes collected are properly used, Kenyans would not be seeing children learning under trees in the 21st century.

In the developed countries, while the people feel the tax burden they are fairly certain that it will go into improving their living standards and not enriching some individuals

Paying taxes is a responsibility - receiving services is a right.

Quote of the day: "I am dying, with the help of many doctors." -- Greek military leader Alexander the Great died on June 13, 323BC.

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