Omtata seeks suspension of proposed taxes in Finance Bill 2018


Activist Okiya Omtata
Activist Okiya Omtata. Photo/COURTESY

In Summary

  • The activist says he seeks to protect Kenyans from exposure to taxes not been approved by Parliament.
  • He says the proposal is contrary to Article 210 (1) of the Constitution.
  •  Omtata says the Bill is intended to mobilize revenues to finance the Government's Ksh.3trillion budget.

Activist Okiya Omtata has moved to court seeking to bar the National Treasury and Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) from implementing any taxes proposed in the Finance Bill 2018.

The matter has been certified as urgent.

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According to Omtata, he has moved to court to protect Kenyans from exposure to taxes which have not been approved by Parliament, contrary to Article 210 (1) of the Constitution.

He adds that the Bill plans to introduce a number of amendments to the tax regime to mobilize revenues to finance the Government’s budget of some Ksh.3trillion.

“This matter is urgent because the respondent have begun implementing or imposing taxes proposed in the finance Bill 2018 before the same is considered and approved by the National Assembly,” he said.

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