Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Monday unveiled the online auction.
The auction, which was previously a physical process, is part of KRA’s technological strategies aimed at streamlining tax administration procedures to enhance service delivery and improve revenue collection.
The unveiling follows a successful piloting of the online auction, through which KRA collected Sh37.5 million.
The process will boost government efforts to decongest ports and ensure cargo is cleared in a timely and efficient manner.
Speaking during the Taxpayers’ Month Launch at Customs House, Mombasa, KRA Commissioner General Humphrey Wattanga said the online auction will give taxpayers the opportunity to appreciate transparency of the bidding process.
He noted the negotiation process will be faster and accessible to registered taxpayers countrywide and globally.
The Commissioner General said during this year’s Taxpayers’ Month, KRA has lined up a myriad of activities aimed at giving back to the society and honouring compliant taxpayers.
“In the spirit of giving back to taxpayers, we are calling on those who have accrued interests up to December 2022 to take advantage of our Tax Amnesty programme and pay up the principal taxes due, so that we can write off the penalties and interests accrued,” said Wattanga.
He said that KRA is constantly determined to enhance voluntary compliance among taxpayers and urged taxpayers to embrace the programme before it closes in June 30, 2024.
“All taxpayers are welcome to apply for waiver; for those who did not file their returns and accrued penalties for non-filing, they automatically qualify, and should go ahead and file their returns.”
KRA is anticipated to collect approximately Sh50 billion from the tax amnesty programme Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury And Economic Planning, Prof Njuguna Ndung’u, said besides being a means of giving back to the society, the Tax Amnesty programme is one of government’s fiscal policy measures aimed at cushioning Kenyans and strengthening economic resilience during the adverse domestic and external headwinds being experienced globally.
The CS said that the Government is cognizant of the current changing environment and will continue to support private businesses’ capacity to adapt through reforms. This will create business value for entrepreneurs to promote economic growth.
“Tax amnesties are projected to bring in additional revenue as taxpayers voluntarily report and pay taxes that may never be collected by the Government. The amnesty programme is expected to improve tax compliance as tax administrations learn from taxpayers’ previous behaviours, thereby
allowing them to plan better,” said the CS.
Mr Wattanga said that KRA will continue embracing technology in its quest to enhance tax compliance.
He said the taxman has embraced a collaborative business model which incorporates taxpayers’ feedback. Among the technologies that showcase this is the Electronic Tax Invoice Management
System (eTIMS), rolled out in February 2023. A total of 95,732 VAT registered taxpayers had onboarded eTIMs by end of FY 2022/23. eTIMS has helped minimise VAT fraud and increased tax revenue.
Wattanga said that KRA has also integrated its systems with betting and gaming companies, with the aim of streamlining tax remittances from the sector and scaling up revenue collection. The programme has enabled KRA to make significant improvements in the sector’s tax administrative processes, with the daily visibility of the firms providing trends that inform compliance measures.
The Taxpayers’ Month is organised customarily to celebrate compliant taxpayers, since tax compliance is a key foundation on which our country’s economic stability is anchored. The event is meant to honour the self-sacrifice of patriotic taxpayers and their contribution towards the country’s economic development. This year’s Taxpayers’ Month theme is “Tunawiri” which plainly
translates to “let us prosper”.
The theme presents a uniting call to all Kenyans to fulfil their role in the prosperity of Kenya through payment of taxes.