- KRA’s Deputy Commissioner for Revenue J Kaguru says in a letter dated Nov 11 that companies were found to have “non-compliance issues” after several risk analyzes.
- Clearing and shipping agents include Regal Freighters, Delta Express, Subukia Holdings, Greentop Logistics, Zanaa Freights, Riam Logistics, and Utmost Freight Matters Limited.
The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has reported the operations of 20 clearing and shipping agents based in the port of Mombasa, preparing them for tighter scrutiny as it moves towards tax scams.
KRA’s Deputy Commissioner for Revenue J Kaguru says in a letter dated Nov 11 that companies were found to have “non-compliance issues” after several risk analyzes.
Clearing and shipping agents include Regal Freighters, Delta Express, Subukia Holdings, Greentop Logistics, Zanaa Freights, Riam Logistics, and Utmost Freight Matters Limited.
Others are Ozone Freight Forwarders Limited, Adelcus Agencies, Wiljones Logistics, Venues Kenya Limited and Neline Shipping and Logistics Enterprises.
“The attached list of 20 clearing agents found compliance issues after several risk analyzes. All shipments declared by sorting agents on the list to be high risk, “Kaguru said in the letter. KRA lists in red the entities it believes have higher tax risks.
The taxman further stated that in the future, and from the date of issue of the memo, all kitenge and textile materials must be 100% verified, all photos taken and attached in the system.
The taxman, who is currently racing to bring more people into the tax bracket and curb tax fraud in an effort to meet the targets, says that to improve compliance, a long room pass will be issued after review by HDO officers on duty. .
All freight releases at the station level also need to be approved online by the station managers.
Station managers also need to be enforced and approved online before games are released.
“The purpose of this communication is therefore to require document processing centers, national targeting centers and issuing stations to make the appropriate arrangements to comply,” he says.
The taxman is putting the 20 customs clearance and shipping companies on its black book at a time when it has tightened its nose on tax cheating in the country.
It has stepped up its crackdown on tax fraud using various databases, including bank statements, import records, motor vehicle registration details, Kenyan electricity records, water bills, and Aviation Authority data Kenyan civilian, which reveals people who own assets such as planes.
The taxman has also been looking for details on suppliers and contractors hired by county governments for the past two years. This followed a sharp rise in imports of luxury goods and multimillion dollar real estate investments, an indication that some scammers may be evading tax payments.
Last week, KRA Commissioner General Githii Mburu said his officers are now spending time on social media, trolling Kenyans who post photos of luxury cars, throwing expensive parties, living generously to ensure their taxes are in tandem with their image.
The taxman wants worldly people and individuals who display lavish lifestyles on the internet to pay their fair share of taxes as it vies to get more people into the tax bracket.
KRA started the new financial year on an upward trajectory after surpassing its July-September 2021 target of Sh 461.6 billion to Sh.15 billion, a growth of 30%.
Cumulatively, the KRA raised Sh631 billion between July and October 2021 against a target of Sh603.9 billion, translating into a rate of return of 104.5%, growth of 28.3% and a surplus of Sh27 billion.