The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) will partner with the Trans Nzoia county government to help streamline revenue collection and seal loopholes exploited by corrupt county officials to pocket some of the money collected.
Besides sealing the loop holes the KRA/County partnership will also minimise challenges faced by the county government in the field of revenue collection.
KRA’s Public Service Sector Division manager in Trans Nzoia, Ms. Alice Kiptoo said the authority has been seeking partnerships with counties with the aim of sealing loop holes in order to achieve maximum returns.
She was speaking during a three day seminar at a Kitale hotel for officers in the county on how best to boost revenue collections as well as improve on tax compliance.
According to the manager, the authority will help the devolved unit to identify revenue streams and work harmoniously with existing agencies to effect collection through technological systems noting that currently, the institution is working with over 40 financial institutions to collect revenue.
Once the partnership is actualised, we shall be able to help the county improve on revenue collection three-fold, she said.
Kiptoo noted that already KRA has developed a module on iTax to collect revenue for Makueni, Laikipia and Kiambu counties and is aiming to do the same for other counties.
We are currently engaging Kericho, Lamu, Kisii and Meru counties on the same and we want Trans Nzoia County to also follow suit, she disclosed.
The County Executive Committee Member for Finance, Bonfas Wanyonyi lauded the initiative and pledged that the county government will engage KRA further even as he exuded confidence in the authority.
This comes as Trans Nzoia governor, Patrick Khaemba disclosed that he would make drastic changes in the administration of the health sector for poor management that has led to low revenue collection from the sector.
Trans Nzoia adopted JamboPay services to digitalize revenue collection with the aim of sealing any loopholes leading to revenue leakages which has not been effective.
With JamboPay, residents could renew their business permit, pay parking fees and certificates and pay land caution fees.
The county collects over Sh.300million of revenue per year.
Source: Kenya News Agency