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KRA interdicts 75 officials involved in tax evasion syndicate

The seventy-five employees are said to have been aiding and abetting evasion of taxes by facilitating irregular clearance of cargo and executing fraudulent amendments of tax returns/file

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 10 – Over seventy Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) staff were interdicted on Friday after an investigation revealed a tax evasion racket within the institution.

The seventy-five employees are said to have been aiding and abetting evasion of taxes by facilitating irregular clearance of cargo and executing fraudulent amendments of tax returns.

Among those interdicted are sixty-one officers from the Domestic Taxes Department, the other fourteen being officials attached to the Customs and Border Control Department.

The revenue agency said investigations leading to the arrest of the seventy-five had been ongoing for the last four months with the health of national law enforcement agencies.

“The officers affected have been detained for questioning and statement recording, prior to their arraignment in court, expected to happen within May 2019,” a statement by KRA Commissioner General read.

KRA said it had since established an Intelligence and Strategic Operations Department with the sole mandate of combating tax evasion through promotion of ethics within the organization.

“The  department is  tasked  to  promote  ethical  conduct  through  the  creation  of  effective corruption  prevention  frameworks,  staff  sensitization  and  the  detection  and  investigation  of corrupt  acts,” said the taxman.

In 2018, KRA terminated the employment of eight-five staff in anti-graft measures.

Fifteen lifestyle audits were also instituted out of which three were concluded and appropriate remedies, including asset recovery and termination of employment, enforced.

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KRA said it plans to intensify lifestyle audits with a target of instituting at least fifteen annually.

Plans are also underway to implement an electronic Intelligence Gathering System within the next three months.

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