Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) will collaborate with the Eastleigh Business District Association in a bid to bolster tax outreach and awareness initiatives for enhanced compliance and revenue mobilization.

Speaking during a Leadership round table between KRA and the Eastleigh Business District Association (EBDA), the Commissioner General Mr. Humphrey Wattanga said that KRA was committed to enhance trade facilitation and simplification of tax payment for national prosperity and enhanced compliance. He mentioned that through this collaboration, KRA would tailor its engagement and tax outreach framework to respond to the unique needs of the Eastleigh Business Community, and thereby drive compliance.

The Chairman of EBDA, Mr. Ahmed Abdullahi welcomed the move by KRA stating that regular engagements had greatly improved the perception of the Authority among the Business Community. “Our people are willing to work with KRA and contribute their share of taxes towards the 3 trillion mark, and even exceed it. Tax must be paid; tax evasion is criminal and whoever evades must face the full force of the law,”. Mr. Abdullahi reiterated that the Business Community shared Kenya’s industrialization vision, stating that it was time to invest and focus on production through industries, as this would yield more revenue for the Government.

KRA thanked the EBDA leadership for donating an office space for the Tax Service Office that has led to improved customer relations and engagements, and for their support on KRA compliance support services enabled by the Revenue Service Assistants (RSAs).

The Commissioner General reiterated KRA’s commitment to better tax practices through advocacy for enactment of business enabling legislation and tax harmonisation within the East African Community to ensure fair and competitive business practices. He committed to continue the collaboration to strengthen tax compliance. KRA remains committed to support and facilitate all taxpayers to pay their correct share of taxes and comply with tax obligations.