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KRA Responds After Mixed Reactions On Social Media Crackdown


KRA Commissioner-General Githii Mburu had come to the defence of the tax authority which was accused by a section of netizens of waging war against the ‘soft life’ generation and some of the most popular socialites in Kenya.

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has broken its silence after its announcement that it would target wealthy Kenyans posting their lavish lifestyles on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat, and do not pay or pay little taxes shook the entire country.

KRA Commissioner-General Githii Mburu had come to the defence of the tax authority which was accused by a section of netizens of waging war against the ‘soft life’ generation and some of the most popular socialites in Kenya.

He noted that the aim of sending tax officers to monitor what Kenyans post on social media for tax collection opportunities was only constitutional and meant to cut the cost of collection as well as bolster the quality of operations and services provided to the taxpayers.

“Thank you Kenyans for the great engaging discussions. Utilizing modern technologies is nested on page 26 of the KRA 8th Corporate plan. The aim is to reduce the overall cost of collecting while improving the quality of operations and services that we provide to you the taxpayers.

Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Commissioner-General Githii Mburu. /FILE

“This is of course in line with other initiatives such as cleaning our taxpayer database, utilizing data analytics, and providing simplified online services,” he tweeted.

Mburu told the Business Daily on Monday, November 8 of how his officers are covertly logging in to social media and making fun of Kenyans sharing photos of luxurious cars and throwing expensive parties as well as living large to ensure their taxes align with their lifestyles. The taxman added that Kenyans ought to pay their fair share of taxes.

“In the social media, we have some people posting some nice things. You would see some posting nice houses, cars, taking their families to nice places and so on. Here, we are not sleeping, when we see those, we see taxes,” he revealed.

He took note of a high-end vehicle that once passed him before questioning himself whether the driver has paid taxes. He added that his officers are looking high and low for the cheats, by imploring techniques such as using gadgets to capture number plates.

“We have our officers looking, they have gadgets. They key in very quickly (the number plate) to check. We are working exceptionally hard,” he added.

Those found as tax cheats risk travel bans, collection of duty directly from their suppliers and bankers and prosecution in what will be deemed as the largest crackdown on high net-worth individuals.

The KRA is racing to incorporate more people into the tax bracket and cut down tax cheating in order to meet its targets. The team within the authority has been tasked to keenly monitor the three key social media sites to smoke out tax cheats.

Just after the move was announced, millions of Kenyans went into overdrive on social media, making a mockery out of the situation which is expected to have a paradigm shift on how they post their content on social media platforms.

Viral Tea had obtained a screenshot of a past reply by the authority’s Twitter handle to a netizen who raised concern about the huge number of vehicles on city roads yet the owners file nil returns. When asked why their common response is “Ni God manze (It’s all God).”

Tuko rada yao. Kila mtu anafaa kulipa share yake ya tax ili tugrow nchi pamoja. Tulipe ushuru, tujitegemee (We are watching them. Everyone must pay their taxes so that we help the country grow. We pay our taxes to be self-sufficient). 

Tunawaombea God azidi kubariki. Washow wasome Bibilia (We ask God to continue blessing them. Tell them to read the Bible),” the taxman replied in Sheng on November 1, 2021, quoting the Bible verse Mark 12:17.

Besides monitoring social media sites, the Authority has been using various databases to pursue suspected tax cheats, among them bank statements, import records, motor vehicle registration details, Kenya Power records, water bills and data from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCCA), which reveal individuals who own assets such as helicopters.





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