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CS Yatani tables new budget for Kenya

Thursday June 11 2020
By HELLEN GITHAIGA

Treasury Secretary Ukur Yatani has presented his Sh2.7 trillion Budget for the year starting July 1, outlining the spending plans, including the taxation measures to finance the proposals.

The budget includes a stimulus package to jumpstart an economy ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here are some of the highlights:

SMES: Treasury CS has directed ministries, departments and agencies to clear all pending bills failure to which funding will be withheld.

EDUCATION: The Government has waived examination fees for KCSE and KCPE candidates.

TAXES: Treasury has imposed a one percent minimum tax on revenues for all companies, targeting firms that repeatedly declare losses to run away from taxes.

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Tax cheats have been given three years to declare correct taxes to enjoy a waiver on penalties.

DIGITAL: Online transactions to now attract a 1.5 percent digital tax as govt goes after growing e-commerce in the country.

DEBT: “Our debt remains sustainable, despite some of the debt burden indicators deteriorating due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic which has elevated expenditure pressure,” CS Ukur Yatani said.

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