Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has appealed to the Kenya Revenue Authority to borrow a leaf form President Uhuru Kenyatta’s gesture and moderate their approach to taxation.
In a statement to Newsrooms immediately after the Statehouse briefing on Wednesday,Kinyanjui said the tax issue should be looked into especially during this difficult time.
According to Kinyanjui, KRA has had a harsh approach to business people
“We hope that KRA will borrow a leaf from the President’s gesture and moderate their approach to taxation. We hope to witness a change in their harsh and terror-like approach to business people”said Kinyanjui.
He added that the realization that taxation grows along with the economy and that when businesses close, they pay no tax, is critical to forging a new beginning.
He commended President Kenyatta for the measures taken on economy duirng this harsh time of COVID-19.
“We salute the economic interventions announced by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta to cushion businesses and individuals in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic” said Kinyanjui.
Kinyanjui says the measures are well thought and geared towards the protection of the economy at these difficult times.
In particular,he lauded the reduction on VAT saying it will go a long way to protect ailing businesses and reduce cost of living.
“These are pro-business proposals that reflect government’s commitment to the economy.Without a helping hand from government and its agencies, many businesses will close and more people will sink into unemployment and poverty. The consequences of such an eventuality would be unthinkable” he said.