In Summary
  • In total, the government plans to raise Sh2.1 trillion in the coming 2019/20 financial year through a mix of taxes and fees as its internally generated revenue.
  • Third way Alliance argues that the most glaring observation of the 2019/2020 budget is that it fails to demonstrate how it will address the concerns of ordinary Kenyans.

A detailed Treasury document has revealed just how taxpayers will contribute to the next financial year’s budget.

Besides the tax increments announced on Thursday, the government hopes to collect at least Sh238 billion through charging for its services in what is known as Appropriations in Aid.

The revenue generation plan has exerted more pressure on departments to generate more money from lawbreakers, those seeking certificates of good conduct, visas, passports, national identity cards and other services.

Cumulatively, they will all be required to grow their incomes by at least 15 per cent in the coming financial year, whose gross budget stands at Sh3.02 trillion.

In total, the government plans to raise Sh2.1 trillion in the coming 2019/20 financial year through a mix of taxes and fees as its internally generated revenue. The rest will come from borrowing.

The document tabled in Parliament this week shows that court-related fines, penalties and forfeitures will help the government collect Sh1.6 billion this year. This represents an increase of 14 per cent compared to the year that is ending.

GOOD CONDUCT

More money will come from the sale of tender documents, certificates of good conduct, royalties and fishing rights, among others.

For instance, issuing certificates of good conduct is expected to raise at least Sh865.7 million this coming year. This year, this service has generated Sh859.5 million to the exchequer.

Employers, including some government departments, require job seekers to get certificates of good conduct as part of efforts to ensure they hire people of high integrity.

Other revenue centres will be the registration of births and deaths (Sh322 million), visas (Sh4.3 billion), passport fees (Sh1.1 billion), work permit fees (Sh1.7 billion), identity card fees (Sh122 million) and other immigration fees (Sh5.8 billion).

Besides the new taxes announced on Thursday that will only raise an additional Sh37 billion, it is where the remainder will come from that will cost Kenyans the most.

PAYE

Income tax from individuals, what is known as Pay As You Earn (Paye), will generate Sh468.4 billion next year.

This is an increment of about Sh65.1 billion more, compared to the Sh403.3 billion that the government hopes to get by the end of the current financial year that ends in two weeks.

Paye is the tax charged on all individuals earning a salary from employment. Employers are required to deduct this amount from their staff and remit it to the taxman at the end of every month.

Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich says he will introduce a new income tax law this year that will help raise additional taxes.

It is not yet clear what parts of the income taxes he will target, but he says top earners have not been paying their fair share of taxes.

On their part, companies and other enterprises are expected to pay corporate taxes amounting to Sh416.1 billion in the new financial year, a 22 per cent jump from the Sh339.1 billion expected this year.

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