Donâ€™t just take so much more from taxpayers, ensure itâ€™s spent wisely
SEE ALSO :Police surveillance, Huduma cash slashedIt hurts the Kenyan taxpayer to read that a big chunk of what they paid in taxes from their hard-earned cash is shared among a few well-connected tenderpreneurs to build white elephant and ghost projects that hardly benefit them. This roguish behaviour should not be allowed to continue to justify the increase of taxes each year when Finance Minister Henry Rotich reads the Budget Statement. Ironically, few argue that some money has been put into infrastructure development or used to guarantee debt that has been invested in the country. But in the process, we have seen how hundreds of billions have been lost to corruption and diverted to private use, yet taxpayers are expected to fork out more money to continue funding this criminal syndicate. There is increasing antipathy towards paying taxes with businesses feeling bullied by the Kenya Revenue Authority, citizens feel overburdened by multiple layers of taxes yet all this money is going down the drain, stolen or being passed off to some American, or Chinese or European creditor in a contract whose benefit the citizens hardly know about. However, evidence now shows that Kenyans are not paying as much as Mr Rotich predicts, maybe because, feeling overburdened by a tax regime, people are likely to look for loopholes to evade or avoid paying taxes. It could also be that Mr Rotich’s levies have undermined consumption translating to less taxes. What is not in doubt is that taxpayers want the government to re-look its priorities and focus on prudent spending rather than overburdening taxpayers.
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