Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has today launched the annual Taxpayer’s Month at the Times Tower.
The 2018 Taxpayers Month is scheduled to run from 1st – 31st October 2018. The event will be officiated by Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury Mr Henry Rotich, KRA Board Chairman Amb. (Dr) Francis Muthaura, KRA Commissioner General among other guests from both the private and public sector.
During the month, KRA will engage in various activities which include; taxpayer appreciation visits, taxpayer education, a tax summit and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities. The event will also be marked by Taxpayers Award Ceremony and Luncheon hosted in honour of distinguished taxpayers scheduled for Wednesday 31st October 2018 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.
These distinguished taxpayers are winners recognized for exemplary tax compliance in the year 2017 as well as 2018. The activities to be held during the month also act as a platform to encourage citizens to pay taxes for the country’s economic development.
KRA has over the years dedicated one month to its taxpayers by carrying out activities geared towards honouring and appreciating all taxpayers for their invaluable contribution to the government’s revenue collection efforts.
The Taxpayer’s Month has, over time, become a permanent feature on KRA’s calendar and is geared towards achieving the following objectives:
1. Appreciate and award compliant taxpayers for their contribution to the national revenue.
2. Provide a platform for taxpayers and other stakeholders to give feedback on tax policies and processes
3. Create a competitive environment within which non-compliant taxpayers shall be encouraged to comply.
The Taxpayers’ Month initially started as a one-week event but due to the need to continuously engage and appreciate the taxpayer, the KRA Board and Management extended the period to a full month of October.
KRA is focused on ensuring a participatory tax regime through the three-day Tax Summit that kicks off on 15th October 2018. Industry experts representing EABL, Oracle, National Bank of Kenya (NBK), among others are panellists at the session.
KRA strongly emphasizes the need for public participation in the taxpayers’ month celebrations, since this is an occasion to celebrate the taxpayers for their contribution to Kenya’s economic growth. Through participation, feedback is provided on various tax issues to enable KRA enhance service delivery.