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The government targets to collect over Ksh 1.3 trillion this financial (2015/16) through the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).
National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Mr Henry Rotich said the performance of the revenue collection by KRA will be underpinned by the on-going reforms in tax policy and administration.
“KRA is expected to institute measures to expand the revenue base and minimize tax leakages,” said Mr Rotich.
The Cabinet Secretary was speaking yesterday at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) during the KRA taxpayers day.


Mr Rotich said the shortfalls recorded by KRA on the first quarter July-September 2015 is not acceptable, adding that stringent measures are being put in place to streamline the revenue collection efforts.
In order to achieve the set revenue targets, he said, leakages on revenue will be reduced by engaging an external consultant to review the administration of Customs and Value Added Tax (VAT) collections.
“The auditing process such as of transfer pricing, construction companies, large retail and wholesale companies; and debt collection will be strengthened to enhance revenue collection,” Mr Rotich added.
He said the National Treasury will also monitor on a daily basis revenue collection and daily clearance of cargo at the port of Mombasa to ensure that taxes are paid by all concerned parties as stipulated by the law.
He added: “Close monitoring of Container Freight Services (CFS) to seal loopholes by, for example, doing due diligence on CFS before renewal of licences will be strengthened to enhance revenue collection at the port of Mombasa.”
Mr Rotich said stock management on CFS will be improved so that KRA can monitor goods moving in and out of the CFS; while CCTV cameras will be installed to monitor any movements of the cargo at the port at night.
He also said approved security will be put in place at the port of Mombasa rather than the current system where the CFS itself provides for own security.
In a bid to address issues of governance at the port of Mombasa, the Cabinet Secretary said the National Treasury will install a hotline in which patriotic Kenyans are expected to inform on issues of concern at KRA, including instances of corruption.
“There is need to vet KRA officials in order to fulfil the constitutional mandate on Leadership and Integrity under Chapter 6 which is being done by the other revenue collection agencies globally,” said Mr Rotich.
He commended taxpayers, well-wishers and the public for supporting the reforms at KRA to ensure that KRA supports fully national development agenda through collection of adequate revenue to finance the country’s budget.  

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