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Friday May 15, 2020 – The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has turned its sights on Economist David Ndii over unpaid taxes in a case dating back to 2017.
According to reports, the taxman issued a notice to the High Court to appeal a decision by the Tax Appeals Tribunal that ruled in favour of Ndii and asked KRA to drop the Ksh 2.8 million tax that Ndii evaded andthat it was looking to get from him.
According to reports, KRA issued a notice to Ndii in December 2017 demanding Ksh 11.35 million arising from an income tax estimated at Ksh 8.4 million and another Ksh 2.9 million arising from Value Added Tax (VAT).
The income tax dispute, however, was resolved in an out of court settlement while the Ksh 2.9 Million VAT claim was reduced to Ksh2.8 million, which KRA has since been after.
However, the tax tribunal spoiled the party for KRA when it ruled out the Ksh 2.8 million demand and noted that KRA had used the wrong procedure to notify Ndii of his tax dues.
According to the tribunal, Ndii was not registered as a VAT agent and KRA listed him without notifying him first, in effect triggering the Ksh 2.8 million demand.
The tribunal further noted that even though Ndii did not contest the assessment of the VAT by KRA, the taxman had erred by failing to notify him through writing which was a mandatory requirement
The tax assessment is reported to have been conducted in 2015, at a time when Ndii had stepped up his criticism of the Jubilee Government and President Uhuru Kenyatta.
David Ndii has been a fierce critic of the Government to the extent of expressing unpopular opinions aimed at the country’s current leadership.
Just early this week, Ndii advised Deputy President William Ruto, who has fallen out with the President, to kill him in order to safeguard his 2022 dreams of becoming President.
The Kenyan DAILY POST