KRA milking Wanjiku dry
17 June 2016, 14:09
So Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) now wants to access our individual M-pesa accounts? What does that mean? That the money I earn running errands for my boss, basically the 'ka-bonus' will attract a tax.
The Treasury promised to establish laws to exempt taxes from the allowances and bonus earned by low income earners. Well, that would be my category.
That the 'ka-boost' my boyfriend sent me from America and I decided to save it in the M-Pesa account for some serious business will also be queried for non-tax compliance?
The few coins I will be sending my mom to buy 'unga wa chapo' will also be accruing a tax.
Seriously? Is my salary not taxed?
I know the taxman is looking for the tax cheats but can we have specifications on determination of taxation.
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For instance, I withdraw my taxed salary from my bank account to my M-Pesa account and then send the money to my son at the university for fees. Will I be taxed again? Is that not too much?
If well wishers send money for the treatment of a sick person, will that be taxed too? The senders must have been taxed elsewhere.
Already, starting a business requires multiple licensing from different agencies and the fees are just monstrous!
There are just too many taxes everywhere.
Transporting tomatoes from the farm to the market in any County now attracts three to four taxes: Cess in two or three points and market entry fees based on tonnage.
Can we have some leverage? We are law abiding Kenyans but please don't milk our pockets dry.
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