Mudavadi is The Minister Who Brought KRA Into Existence. Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), is an agency of the Government of Kenya that is responsible for the assessment, collection and accounting for all revenues that are due to government, in accordance with the laws of Kenya. On May 1995, The Kenya Revenue Authority bill, a bill to establish the Kenya Revenue Authority as a central body for the assessment and collection of revenue, for the administration and enforcement of the laws relating to revenue and to provide for connected purposes was presented to the National Assembly by the then Minister for Finance, Musalia Mudavadi.
The bill was assented on May 31, 1995, and became a law on July 1, 1995. It became the Kenya Revenue Authority Act, 1995. No. 2 of 1995.
Mudavadi was the fifth Minister for Finance. He managed the docket for four years, 1993-1997 after taking it over from Professor George Saitoti. He was tasked with cleaning the excess money that had flooded the economy after the 1992 multiparty elections.
The land economist then presented the KRA bill to the National Assembly on May 1995. The bill was seconded by the then Minister for Labour and Manpower Development, Kenneth Masinde. Masinde concurred with the fact that the bill, if assented to, would take over the duties done by Income Tax, Custom and Exercise, Value Added Tax Departments, Road Maintenance Levy Fund, Air Passenger Service Act, Entertainment Tax, Traffic, and Licensing Act, and Second Hand Motor Vehicles Purchase Tax Acts.
All these bodies were being targeted by Mudavadi to be incorporated into one body, which became KRA.
Mudavadi is The Minister Who Brought KRA Into Existence. The Kenya Revenue Authority was thus established by an Act of Parliament on July 1, 1995, Cap. 469 for the purpose of enhancing the mobilisation of Government revenue, while providing effective tax administration and sustainability in revenue collection.
The Board and Management of KRA have since its inception spent time and resources setting up systems, procedures and the adoption of new strategies aimed at enhancing the operational efficiency of the Authority’s processes.
The headquarters of the agency are located in Times Tower, on Haile Selassie Avenue, in the central business district of Nairobi, the capital and largest city of Kenya. The coordinates of KRA headquarters are:01°17’25.0″S, 36°49’26.0″E (Latitude:-1.290267; Longitude:36.823899).
The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) was established by an Act of Parliament, Chapter 469 of the laws of Kenya, which became effective on 1 July 1995. The Authority is charged with collecting revenue on behalf of the Government of Kenya.
The organization is divided into seven major departments, each headed by a commissioner:
- Customs & Border Control Department (C&BC)
- Domestic Taxes Department (DTD)
- Intelligence & Strategic Operations Department (I&SO)
- Investigations & Enforcement Department (I&E)
- Strategy, Innovation & Risk Management Department (SIRM)
- Corporate Support Services Department (CSS)
- Legal Services & Board Coordination Department (LS&BC)
In addition to the seven major departments, the Authority has the following four other departments to harmonize operations and efficiency. (a) Transformation and Leadership Office (b) Kenya School of Revenue Administration (c) Internal Audit Department (d) Marketing & Communication Department.
To increase tax compliance percentages and encourage more people to file their taxes, the Kenya Revenue Authority has an elaborate online portal that allows citizens to log in and either file tax returns, check their penalties or apply for a certificate of tax compliance. This is in line with the Kenyan government’s efforts to automate service delivery through the e-Citizen initiative and avoid long, inconvenient physical queues.
To ease tax assessment and collection and to take services closer to the people, the agency maintains six service regions as listed below:
- North Rift Region, which is headquartered in Eldoret
- South Rift Region, which is headquartered in Nakuru.
- Western Region, which is headquartered in Kisumu.
- Southern Region, with headquarters in Mombasa.
- Northern Region, with headquarters in Embu.
- Central Region, which is headquartered in Nyeri.
- Nairobi Region, which is headquartered in Nairobi.
||Government of Kenya
||Times Tower, Haile Selassie Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya
- Ambassador Francis Muthaura,
- James Githii Mburu,
KRA Commissioner General
||Kenya Ministry of Finance
The Chairman of Kenya Revenue Authority is Francis Muthaura. The Commissioner General, serving in this capacity from 1 July 2019, is James Githii Mburu.
|James Githii Mburu
The KRA owns a football club called Ushuru F.C., which competes in the Kenyan Premier League.
Kenya School of Revenue Administration (KESRA-KRA)
Kenya School of Revenue Administration (KESRA) is the Kenya Revenue Authority’s premier training school specializing in Tax and Customs Administration, Fiscal Policy and Management. The School is one of the only four World Customs Organization (WCO) accredited Regional Training Centres (RTCs) in Africa
In particular, the functions of the Authority are:
To assess, collect and account for all revenues in accordance with the written laws and the specified provisions of the written laws.
To advise on matters relating to the administration of, and collection of revenue under the written laws
To perform such other functions in relation to revenue as the Minister (now Cabinet Secretary) may direct.