New Fines for Loitering Outside KRA Offices

KRA Tax Penalties
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Is about that time you make Twitter your friend in need when you want to lash out at Kenya Revenue Authorities for whatever reasons because you don’t stand a chance storming their offices and causing a scene.

Kenya Revenue Authority Headquarters and its offices countrywide are out of bounds for folks on non-official duties according to Interior CS Fred Matiang’i.

As per a gazette notice issued under the Protected Areas Order, persons found loitering in KRA premises without the permission of the Commissioner-General James Mburu will be arrested and prosecuted. The offenders face a maximum Sh5,000 fine or a jail term of up to two years or both and it doubles to a maximum of Sh10,000 or a jail term of five years or both if the offenders are found to be in possession of arms, ammunition, explosives which they lawfully own.

“The areas, places or premises described in the schedule are declared to be protected areas for purposes of the Act and no per­son shall be in the specified areas without the permission of the prescribed authority or the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government,” read the notice

The law also forbids making sketches, obtaining records or transmitting information through such medium as photography in these protected areas. Among the protected areas include, Central Bank of Kenya premises, foreign embassies, consulates, State House and Lodges, signal stations, military ships, military barracks, weapons factories, govern­ment mines, camps.

The revenue collector is keen on, the unauthorised people in KRA premises who have been accused of working together with some Kenya Revenue Authority staff in plotting tax evasion and bribery, that has eaten away a big chunk of the taxman’s revenues.

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