The Kenya Revenue Authority has launched a tax society at Chuka University.
According to Nicholas Kinoti, the KRA’s Northern Regional Coordinator, the revenue agency has taken steps to foster a culture of tax compliance among Kenyans by establishing tax societies in colleges all across the country using the “adopt a county” concept.
Alfred Wachira, the Northern Region Marketing Coordinator, during the launch of the tax society at Chuka University on Wednesday, highlighted that the program has nurtured over 2,000 ambassadors from 30 tax societies formed in various colleges.
He went on to explain that the organization would benefit the broader public by providing essential services like tax return filing and general tax education to the neighbourhoods surrounding the institution.
“Effective tax system relies on high levels of voluntary compliance, and taxpayer education is a key component in boosting the willingness of individuals and businesses to pay tax. Across the globe, governments and tax administrations have developed innovative tax programmes to inform the taxpayer in a bid to enhance domestic resource mobilization and incarnate tax culture,” read part of Kinoti’s speech
Dr Benjamin Kanga, the university’s dean of students, expressed similar thoughts while commending KRA for assisting the institution in establishing a tax society and teaching the students the benefits of submitting tax returns and paying taxes.
In order to help parents understand that the majority of the money they receive from the government comes from taxes, Dr. Kanga indicated that the Tax Society will assist students in becoming tax ambassadors to their parents’ homes.
The Kenya Revenue Authority was established by an Act of Parliament, Chapter 469 of the laws of Kenya, which became effective on 1st July 1995. KRA is charged with collecting revenue on behalf of the government of Kenya.
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