Category: Kenya

Pagcor: Government not inclined to impose higher taxes on POGOs

State-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. expressed optimism the government will not impose higher taxes on offshore gaming operators in the country to encourage them to stay here. Pagcor chairman and chief executive Andrea Domingo said at the sidelines of the opening of the first Philippine-Asian Gaming Expo held on… – Continue reading

Government Should Investigate BAT’s Tax Evasion

Kenya  Tobacco Control Alliance KETCA has today called upon the government to prioritize regulations that enable the  maximization of corporate tax revenue from British American Tobacco (BAT) Company. The  KETCA  Chairman, Joel  Gitali  said that  BAT avoids paying full corporate taxes which would have been used for public  services like… – Continue reading

48 KRA officers wanted for bribery, tax evasion

48 Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officials were Monday morning expected at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters on Kiambu road for questioning. The individuals include 32 officers from KRA’s Domestic Taxes Department, 15 from the Customs and Border Control Department and one from the Investigations and Enforcement Department. They… – Continue reading

Gov’t targets to lower corporate tax rate

The government is targeting to increase tax compliance among Micro Small and Medium Sized Enterprises by offering them lower corporate tax. East African Affairs Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohammed says various government agencies are working closely in integrating all tax payment regimes to ease tax payment and boost compliance. Tax avoidance… – Continue reading

Kenya and Mozambique move to remove double taxation, ease Visa rules

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma says the move is aimed at eliminating double taxation. Juma and her Mozambique counterpart Jose Antonio Pachecho have constituted a Joint Commission of Cooperation tasked with this mandate ahead of the State Visit by Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi who will be hosted by President… – Continue reading

KRA Reveals 6 Tricks Foreign Firms Use to Evade Tax

Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has revealed six tricks that multinational firms use to dodge paying tax. One of the schemes involves the firms exporting very cheaply and importing good very expensively. The authority reports that most firms also under-declare they pay to expatriates a move that reduces their profits and… – Continue reading

E-tax system will burden us – KAM

Manufacturers have accused the Kenya Revenue Authority of bulldozing the planned roll out of the e-tax stamp duty system despite numerous concerns. Their main concern is that the Excise Goods Management System will push up the cost of doing business. The Kenya Association of Manufacturers yesterday made a passionate appeal… – Continue reading

Kenya, Portugal sign deal on removal of double taxation

Kenya and Portugal on Tuesday signed an agreement for avoidance of double taxation. The main objective of the Agreement on the Avoidance Double Taxation is to eliminate double taxation of income or gains arising in one country and paid to residents of the other country. This will create a conducive… – Continue reading

Kenya inks deal with Singapore to eliminate double taxation

NAIROBI, June 12 (Xinhua) — Kenya on Tuesday signed an agreement with Singapore to phase out double taxation and attract investments from the Southeast Asian country in key sectors like agro-processing and financial services. Henry Rotich, the Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury and Planning, said the elimination of double taxation… – Continue reading

Wealthy Kenyans With Billions Hidden in Offshore Accounts Rush to File Returns Ahead of Amnesty Deadline

As June 30th deadline to file returns with Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) fast closes in, a section of rich Kenyans who have hidden assets overseas are rushing to return the assets to avoid paying taxes. Tax consultants told Business Daily that the wealthy lot is repatriating the cash to avoid… – Continue reading

India, Kenya revise tax treaty

NEW DELHI: The Indian and Kenyan governments have revised their double taxation avoidance agreement (DTAA) to bring down the withholding tax rates, protect treaty from abuse and check tax evasion, an official statement said on Thursday. The revised DTAA was notified on February 19, said a Finance Ministry statement. “The… – Continue reading

East African states to ratify double taxation treaty to boost integration

NAIROBI, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) — The East African Community (EAC) member states are set to ratify the avoidance of double taxation treaty in order to boost regional integration, a Kenyan official said on Thursday. Barrack Ndegwa, Regional Integration Secretary in the Ministry of EAC, Labor and Social Protection, told Xinhua… – Continue reading

Kenya launches crackdown on rights groups over tax evasion, illegal hiring

NAIROBI, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) — The Kenyan government on Tuesday announced the deregistration of two human rights and governance lobby groups, citing their failure to adhere to domestic tax and employment regulations. Executive Director of NGO Coordination Board, Fazul Mahamed ordered the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and African Center… – Continue reading

Fraud, tax avoidance threaten regional economies in East Africa: experts

East Africa tax experts have raised concerns over increasing cases of tax evasion and fraud by some tax payers in the region which is crippling the economies. They made the remarks on Wednesday during the 6th East Africa regional meeting on tax investigation and enforcement in the Rwandan Capital Kigali…. – Continue reading

Davos 2017: Oxfam attacks failing global tax avoidance battle

World Economic Forum debate hears how fight to make companies ‘pay their fair share’ is being undermined by race to cut corporation tax rates Efforts to tackle global tax avoidance are being undermined by a “race to the bottom” on corporate tax rates led by Britain and the US, the… – Continue reading

Global crackdown on tax evasion signals the end of bank secrecy era

Unknown to many Kenyans, Parliament’s passing of Finance Bill, 2016 that granted amnesty to Kenyan residents who have offshore incomes and assets in foreign banks had a very global agenda. The foreign income that is subject to amnesty is for the year ended December 31, 2016 and offers a waiver… – Continue reading

Kenya to lend its tax expertise to Botswana after historic deal

The Kenya Revenue Authority has signed an international memorandum of understanding on tax collaboration with Botswana, to provide administration assistance from next year. Tax officials from Kenya and Botswana on Thursday agreed to the assistance project that marks the first South-South cooperation pact under the Tax Inspectors Without Borders programme… – Continue reading

Singapore-Africa trade relations set to deepen with new agreements

Trade relations between Singapore and Africa are set to deepen, with several agreements signed on Wednesday (Aug 24) at the fourth edition of the Africa Singapore Business Forum. These include the signing of the Avoidance of Double Taxation (DTA) with Ethiopia, a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) with Mozambique and an… – Continue reading

Kenya Treasury to create international center to curb tax evasion

Kenya will create an international taxation center to help in the global crackdown against tax avoidance, a senior official said on Wednesday. John Njiraini, the Commissioner General of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), said the formation of the international tax office would enable Kenya to curb tax evasion. The office… – Continue reading

EAC fail to reach consensus on common tax rates

East African Community member states have failed to reach a deal on a common tax rate as the bloc’s smaller economies worry about significant revenue losses. The failure to harmonise value added tax, income tax and excise tax rates has left the regional bloc deliberating on how to harmonise legislation… – Continue reading

Tax havens accuse US of ‘hypocrisy’ over tax avoidance

A group of tax havens have accused larger countries like the United States of “hypocrisy” when it comes to cracking down on tax avoidance. With the issue of offshore finance high on the agenda in light of the fall out from the so-called Panama Papers scandal, world leaders convened in… – Continue reading

Kenyan appointed to head global tax administration program

Kenya has received global recognition from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), following the appointment of James Karanja, a career Kenyan tax administrator to lead the recently established Tax Inspectors Without Borders (TIWB) Secretariat. TIWB is a global scope initiative, that was launched mid last year at the… – Continue reading

Kenya to Intensify War Against Tax Evasion, Economic Crimes

Kenya will now be able to pursue individuals who use offshore companies to evade taxes and commit other economic crimes, after it signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters last week. The agreement is the most comprehensive multilateral instrument available for all forms of cooperation to… – Continue reading

Kenya: Treasury Defends Controversial Mauritius Tax Agreement

Treasury is still fighting to keep a tax agreement out of parliament after a lobby group sued them over a pact it signed with Mauritius back in 2012. The double taxation avoidance agreement allows firms registered in the two countries to pay taxes in only one country. It also allows… – Continue reading

Nigeria: A Review of the Major Tax and Fiscal Policy Events in the Past Year

The year 2015 will be marked as the year of slow economic growth and haphazard fiscal and monetary policies due in part to the uncertainties brought about by the change in government. There were also leadership changes at the FIRS and a number of state tax authorities. This article outlines… – Continue reading

ATAF pushes for scrapping of double taxation

THE African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) has come up with a draft document on avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion within the continent. The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra), a member of ATAF, has said avoidance of taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion was with respect to taxes… – Continue reading

Panama thumbs its nose at transparency – again

We have on several occasions fingered Panama as a particularly recalcitrant secrecy jurisdiction: our recent Panama Narrative Report spills a fair number of beans in that respect. Its recalcitrance is perhaps hardly surprising, given the quantity of Colombian and Mexican drugs money believed to be sheltered there – to name… – Continue reading

Mauritius plans derivatives platform in bid for African business

Mauritius plans to launch a trading platform to hedge African currencies against the US dollar, part of a bid to expand its role as a financial hub for the continent, the financial services minister said. The Indian Ocean island is also in talks to boost ties with stock exchanges in… – Continue reading

EAC STATES ADOPT NEW MEASURES TO CURB TAX LOSS

Multinationals operating in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda will be among the first in Africa to feel the impact of new measures to be adopted in January to curb tax losses caused by manipulation of contracts between related companies. The three countries together with Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Botswana and… – Continue reading

East Africa: New Rules Will Ensure Profits Are Tied to Economic Activities

What is the whole point of the 15 actions in the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) code? How will they curb tax dodging and make taxation of multinationals more transparent? Historically, the interaction of different tax policies lead to instances where taxes paid are not commensurate to economic value… – Continue reading

East Africa: New Reporting Code for Mncs Could Save Africa $35b

East African countries expect to collect more revenue under a new code drawn, by the world’s richest economies to stop foreign multinationals from dodging taxes in host countries. The new code — Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) — adopted by G20 at its meeting in Turkey two weeks ago,… – Continue reading

Pension Funds Reduce Offshore Investments In Kenya

Uncertainty over the US Federal Reserve’s rate hike decision caused lower returns for offshore investments by local pension schemes during the third quarter of the year, new data show. The Alexander Forbes Consulting Actuaries Schemes Survey for the period ending September 2015 covering 380 schemes indicates earnings by pension schemes… – Continue reading

Kenya and South Africa tax deal takes effect in January

The Kenya-South Africa double taxation agreement comes into force from January 1. An announcement in the November 19, South African government gazette says the agreement applies for taxes withheld at source. “A resident of Kenya will not be taxed on any South African business profits, unless it carries on business… – Continue reading