Kenya Revenue authority(KRA) a body mandated by the Government to assess account and collection revenues due to government inform of Tax has set eyes on social media, targeting Kenyans posting lavish lifestyles on social media. Through its commissioner Githii Mburu, KRA will now be checking if Kenyans’ lifestyle as seen on their social media, matches their taxes.
Speaking during an interview with Business Daily, commissioner Mburu said the urgency will be keeping a keen eye on those Kenyans posting lavish lifestyle on Facebook, Instagram, snapchat and Twitter with an intention of checking if their lifestyles complements what KRA collects from them inform of taxes.
“In social media, we have some people posting some nice things. You would people posting nice shoes, nice houses, cars taking their families to nice places, here we are not sleeping, when we see those, we see taxes.” He said “Our officers have gadgets. When they see a big car passing, they key in the number plates to check. We are working exceptionally hard,” he added.
Kenya has been loosing hundreds of billions in lost tax revenue annually, as a result of tax cheats and tax evasion schemes, KRA is has invested heavily in systems meant to prevent tax evasions and bringing to books the tax cheats.
The agency has been meeting targets in its collections recently, a clear indication that its slowly sealing the tax evasion loopholes, collecting Sh154.38 billion during the month of October against its target of Sh142.285 billion.
Mburu added that the authority recorded impressive performance of 108.5 per cent and growth of 23.3 per cent, sustaining positive performance into Quarter Two of the Financial Year 2021-22. He said the authority commenced the new financial year on an upward trajectory after surpassing its July-September target of Sh461.65 billion by Sh15 billion, recording a 30 per cent growth.