The launch of the Taxpayers’ week is a clear demonstration of the continued positive and mutual partnership between the Authority and our taxpayers. The partnership, by enhancing tax compliance, has no doubt paid off. Tax collections have increased several folds since 2003, thus enabling the Government to fund priority development programs in all parts of the country; programs that are critical to the wellbeing of our people.
As per the new Constitution, we recognize the important role assigned to KRA to mobilize adequate resources to fund both the National and County Governments in order to facilitate the attainment of the development goals envisaged under the Constitution. However, raising adequate resources for the two levels of government must be seen as a collective responsibility by all of us, both the government and the taxpayers. Indeed, more resources will be required to provide basic services, build key infrastructure facilities and initiate programs to enhance county competitiveness and development. We must be ready and willing to inculcate a culture of tax compliance in all of us. We must accept that it is only through such a patriotic commitment by all Kenyans that we shall be able to realize our national development objectives as articulated in the Constitution and our Vision 2030 Blueprint.
Eight years ago when we first celebrated the Taxpayer Day, urging Kenyans to pay taxes and set this country free is therefore even more relevant today, especially as we embark on the implementation of the new Constitution. Our ambition as a country is to reduce to a minimum our dependence on external assistance through enhanced and sustainable self-financing of our development programs. We have done this in the past and we must demonstrate further commitment to raise even more resources domestically to finance our priority .
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