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The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) said on Wednesday that it plans to accelerate on-going policy reforms to facilitate tax administration and thus boost revenue collection.

KRA Commissioner General John Njiraini said in a statement issued in Nairobi that the commitment to accelerate policy reforms is part of the tax body’s undertaking to boost the country’s ease of doing business scores next year.

“We are impressed at the strides Kenya has made in the Doing Business 2018 report and we have committed to accelerate reforms to help his advance further on the relevant parameters,” Njiraini told KRA’s senior management staff, who were reviewing the latest World Bank Group’s Doing Business 2018: Reforming to Create Jobs report.

Njiraini said the KRA has already established a rapid results working group to spearhead policy reforms.

Against a target collection of 14.3 billion U.S. dollars last year, KRA successfully managed to collect 13.65 billion dollars, representing a 95.4 percent performance rate and a 13.8 percent growth.

In the latest World Bank Group’s Doing Business 2018, Kenya has been cited among countries that have made it easier to pay taxes.

The report lists Kenya alongside Botswana; Brunei Darussalam; El Salvador; India; Indonesia; Lithuania; Maldives; Morocco; New Zealand; Philippines; Rwanda; Saudi Arabia; Uruguay; Uzbekistan; Vietnam and Zambia as one of the 16 leading global economies that have introduced or enhanced systems for filing and paying taxes online.

Last year, the most common feature of reforms, the report says, focused on the implementation or enhancement of electronic filing and payment systems.

Kenya was among 16 other economies which introduced or enhanced systems for filing and paying taxes online.

KRA has in recent years sustained a campaign to make paying taxes easier by implementing an online platform, iTax, for filing and paying corporate income tax and the standards levy.

In 2016, the iTax platform saw 5.73 million taxpayers registered on iTax compared to 4.2 million enrolled the previous year.

Njiraini said KRA has been undertaking comprehensive modernization of its revenue administration structures and systems including the strategic focus on customer facilitation rather than the traditional enforcement model.

Through these reforms, KRA has joined the ranks of the modern revenue administrations which not only focus on revenue performance but also endeavor to attain operational efficiency, enhance compliance and improve service delivery.

KRA has in recent years sustained a campaign to make paying taxes easier by implementing an online platform, iTax, for filing and paying corporate income tax and the standards levy. Last year, the iTax platform saw 5.73 million taxpayers registered on iTax compared to 4.2 million enrolled the previous year.

In this year’s report, Kenya was also cited for introducing or improving electronic submission and processing of documents for imports.

KRA has been undertaking comprehensive modernization of its revenue administration structures and systems including the strategic focus on customer facilitation rather than the traditional enforcement model. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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