Safaricom still the leader in paying taxes

In the 2012/2013 financial year Safaricom was followed by East African Breweries Limited (EABL), which also emerged second last year/PSCU

In the 2012/2013 financial year Safaricom was followed by East African Breweries Limited (EABL), which also emerged second last year/PSCU

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 22 – Safaricom has for the sixth consecutive year emerged the country’s highest taxpayer, according to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

In the 2012/2013 financial year, the telecom company was followed by East African Breweries Limited (EABL), which also emerged second last year.

Other top 10 taxpayers include the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), British American Tobacco (BAT), Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Equity Bank, Barclays Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Kenya Ports Authority and Ministry of Health, in that order.

Aga Khan University Hospital took the top medium taxpayers award, while the Kenya Women Finance Trust (KWFT) led in the small taxpayer’s award.

Speaking during Tax Payers Day 2013 on Tuesday, KRA Commissioner General John Njiraini said the best performing taxpayers were recognised not for only contributing the highest revenue, but also following the required tax regulations.

“We are happy for those for who have been good examples in tax compliance. But we are planning to come up with measures to enhance tax compliance and service delivery,” Njiraini said.

Other categories included the Regional Award which was taken by Butali Sugar Mills in Western Region followed by Meru University of Science and Technology from Northern Region.

The Customs Services Awards was headed by Kenya Oil Company followed by General Motors East Africa in second position.

The High Court of Kenya scooped the first position under the Facilitation Awards followed by Kenfreight East Africa Limited.

Apart from congratulating the best taxpayers in the country Njiraini announced plans to place an additional 66 executive staff on performance contracts by June 2015 at KRA as a measure to improve productivity.

This will bring the total number of senior member of staff under performance contract to 217.

“We will not only embrace technology but ensure that there is no laxity at KRA. We want to see real staff performance,” he emphasised.

The annual event was graced by President Uhuru Kenyatta who handed over award certificates.

“The Taxpayers Award is the fruit of sustained close collaboration between you, the taxpayers, and the management of the Kenya Revenue Authority. Please keep up the good work and enable Kenya afford her sovereign aspirations.” he said.

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MARGARET WAHITO

Margaret has been a business reporter for the past three years. She is currently pursuing a degree in Communications and Public Relations at Moi University. She holds a diploma in film and video production from the Kenya institute of Mass Communications. Apart from journalism, she has interest in community work, especially helping the disadvantaged.