Make pay­ing taxes cool to pro­mote rev­enue col­lec­tion

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Farm­ers asked Je­sus, shall we give, or shall we not give? But He, know­ing their hypocrisy, said unto them, why tempt me? Bring me a penny, that I may see it. Je­sus an­swer­ing said unto them, give to Cae­sar the things that are Cae­sar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they mar­veled at him — Mark 12:16-17. Ac­cord­ing to the 1999 Na­tional Cen­sus, Kenya has a pop­u­la­tion of 44 mil­lion peo­ple and only 1.8 mil­lion Kenyans pay taxes. We have to find ways of in­creas­ing this num­ber. All Kenyans must fi­nance our growth and de­vel­op­ment. We can­not con­tinue bor­row­ing and con­tin­u­ally bal­loon­ing our debt bur­den. The high cost of liv­ing is due to govern­ment bor­row­ing.To in­crease rev­enue, let’s change from an in­come tax-based sys­tem, to a sales tax-based sys­tem and make pay­ing tax cool. We should also ed­u­cate peo­ple why it is im­por­tant to pay taxes.

NDIRANGU NGUNJIRI Nairobi

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