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Tax Appeals Tribunal delivers 23 judgements worth Sh11Bn

The Tribunal delivered 23 judgements on 17th and 18th December 2019/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 14 – Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) is set to recover Sh11 billion following the delivery of 23 judgements by the Tax Appeals Tribunal (TAT)

The newly reconstituted Tribunal delivered the judgements on 17th and 18th December, 2019. The tax appeals cover various economic sectors such as manufacturing, insurance, banking, construction, betting, agricultural, packaging and storage among others.

In statement to newsrooms, KRA Commissioner for Legal Services & Board Coordination, Paul Matuku said, “To date, the tribunal has heard 112 appeals, which are pending delivery of judgements. The appeals entail disputed tax amounting to Sh53,646,034,677.00 whose judgements are expected to be delivered soon.”

“The appeals whose judgments were delivered were in relation to Withholding Income Tax, tax on winnings from lotteries and betting, Customs under declaration on values of imports, Corporation Tax, Pay As Your Earn (PAYE), Excise Duty (domestic), VAT Refunds claims,” detailed the statement.

The judgement is a respite to both Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and taxpayers who have been eagerly waiting for the resolution of these disputes.

“With this trend, more taxpayers are expected to embrace and engage the tribunal as a key arbitrator of first call and hence avoid lengthy and costly court litigation processes,” explained Matuku.

The statement concludes that in the recent past the Judiciary has also adopted the principle of exhaustion by referring tax disputes to the Tax Appeals Tribunal for resolution in the first instance so that tax disputes find their way to the courts by way of appeal.

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