- KRA is making another attempt to increase its workforce to reach approved staffing levels of 14,555 out of the current 7,955 employees.
- A total of 1,049 agents were recruited in three years to June 2021, a quarter of the 3,900 additional workers the agency had targeted.
The tax authorities plan to hire an additional 6,604 agents over three years with the aim of generating nearly 1,000 billion shillings in additional revenue through the prosecution of tax evaders such as high net worth individuals and landlords.
The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) is once again trying to increase its workforce to reach an approved staff level of 14,555, up from 7,955 currently, it says in its strategic plan in effect between July 2021 and June 2024.
A total of 1,049 agents were recruited in three years to June 2021, a quarter of the 3,900 additional workers the agency had targeted.
The tax authorities earlier this year partly blamed the understaffing for persistent deficits in revenue targets set by the Treasury.
This prompted the National Assembly’s Finance and National Planning Committee in January to order the Treasury to provide funds for the hiring of 2,000 additional staff for the Kenya Revenue Authority.
“To effectively implement this corporate plan, recruiting staff at optimal levels will be paramount,” KRA strategists wrote in the corporate guideline for the review period.
“The aim will be to fill the gaps in personnel as well as to fill the gaps in critical and highly specialized skills. “
The IRS collected around 4.85 billion shillings in the three years to June 2021, missing the revenue target of 49.9 billion shillings.
Active taxpayers increased from 2.16 million to 6.1 million during the review period, against a targeted growth of 3.06 million.
The IRS has set itself the goal of compensating two million additional taxpayers in three years through June 2024, aiming to raise 6.83 trillion shillings – including 1.90 trillion shillings this fiscal year, 2.27 trillion shillings in 2022/2023 and 2.66 trillion shillings in the one ending June 2024.
The KRA has identified real estate (owners), high net worth individuals, small traders, especially those in informal settings and businesses operating online, among others, as sectors with high potential for income growth.
“We will seal the revenue leaks with a multi-faceted agenda that will lead to anti-corruption among our staff and tax evasion by taxpayers as we deploy our strong intelligence network to penetrate corruption and anti-corruption cartels. tax evasion in order to face the consequences of tax evasion and involvement in corrupt practices, ”KRA Commissioner General Githii Mburu said on June 24.
The KRA’s Intelligence and Strategic Operations unit – tasked with detecting tax evasion schemes – will hire an additional 110 people within three years.
This will bring the unit’s total workforce to 322, almost four times the number of 80 employees in fiscal year 2018/19.