KRA misses target by Sh43.3bn in first 5 months of financial year #NAIROBI_KenyaJanuary 12, 2019
According to Treasury’s budget policy statement 2019, KRA collected to Sh633.7 billion, which is equivalent to 6.3 percent of GDP, against a target of Sh677 billion/fileBy MARGARET NJUGUNAH , NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 11 – Kenya Revenue Authority recorded a shortfall of revenue collection amounting to Sh43.3 billion in the five months to November 2018.
According to the Treasury’s budget policy statement 2019, KRA collected to Sh633.7 billion, which is equivalent to 6.3 percent of GDP, against a target of Sh677 billion.
The shortfall was attributed to income tax from corporations, which recorded negative growth.
The growth was driven in part by a rebound effect, after the poor performance in the previous financial year as well as two months effect of the tax policy measures introduced in the Finance Act 2018.
Going forward, the Treasury expects income tax in 2019 to bounce back to target levels by third quarter, due to strong performance recorded in the economy in the first half of the financial year.
On the other hand, revenues as a share of GDP are projected to rise from 17.3 percent in the FY 2017/18 to 18.3 percent in the FY 2019/20.
This will be done through enhanced scanning to detect concealment and increase efficiency in cargo clearing through procurement of additional scanners and full integration of all scanners.
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