KRA goes for Kenyans who live large on social media but don’t pay taxes

By , K24 Digital
On Mon, 8 Nov, 2021 11:35 | < 1 min read
KRA headquarters at the Times Towers in Nairobi county.PHOTO/COURTESY.

Kenyans flaunting cash and displaying a lavish lifestyle on Social Media have been placed on the spot in a new crackdown by Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) especially if the taxes they pay do not add up. 

In a statement by KRA Commissioner-General Githii Mburu, KRA said it has assigned a number of officers to spend time on social media scouting for wealthy persons whose tax records are not in line with what they showcase online.

The Commissioner-General said the decision was made in order to add more Kenyans into the tax bracket. 

"In the social media, we have some people posting some nice things. You would see some posting nice houses, cars, taking their families to nice places, and so on. Here, we are not sleeping, when we see those, we see taxes.

"We have our officers looking, they have gadgets. The key is in very quickly (the number plate) to check. We are working exceptionally hard,"  Mburu said in an interview with a local daily. 

Mburu further said that those found guilty of tax evasion yet they display a lavish lifestyle will be banned from traveling outside the country.