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Nakuru County Holds Discussions with CRA on Improving Revenue Collection

Nakuru County Holds Discussions with CRA on Improving Revenue Collection

Nakuru County officials, led by Governor Lee Kinyangui visited CRA offices to discuss ways in which the county can enhance its revenue collection. The governor stated that the county is in search of avenues of increasing revenue and is currently developing a Revenue Board to oversee revenue collection in the county. “The Revenue Board will be separated from day-to-day running of the county so as to enable it focus on collecting revenue,” he stated.

CRA chairperson, Dr. Jane Kiringai welcomed the team and said that the Commission is open and willing to support counties find mechanisms in which their revenue collection can be greatly improved while lowering the cost of collection.

“We will support you and will provide you with a point person to assist in the development of the Revenue Board Bill to ensure it is legally and structurally sound,” she stated.

CRA Vice-Chairperson, Mr. Humphrey Wattanga informed the team that Commission is able to advise counties on selection of systems for automation of revenue collection. He said that the Commission has reviewed 15 counties that have implemented revenue automation systems in Kenya and have identified challenges and best practices in each. He further added that there is a need to regulate these systems to ensure they are standardized.

CRA Director of Fiscal Affairs, Mr. James Katule made a presentation on, ‘The Case for Revenue Boards in Counties’, while Director of ICT, Mr. Joseph Kuria presented on, “Revenue Collection: A Case Study of Laikipia County’.

CRA Legal Director, Ms. Sheila Yieke, informed the team that fees and charges should ideally go back to support the people taxed. She gave an example of fees charged in a market and stated that these should go to improve service in the market so that citizens paying these fees can see the correlation between taxes and services rendered to them which would give an incentive to citizens to pay taxes and fees promptly.

 

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