In what may surprise a lot of Kenyans, the VAT Bill 2013 has been passed today as Kenyans were busy grappling with the Fire at JKIA.
The VAT bill 2013 is meant to streamline VAT collection with the KRA expecting to increase its revenues to 10 billion shillings. The Bill reduced the number of goods and services previously exempted or zero rated from over 400 to about 27.
Basic food items such as maize flour, maize (corn) seed, rice, wheat flour, ordinary bread, gluten bread and unleavened bread, infant milk and food preparations for infants, milk, exercise books and other printed books, sanitary towels and tampons, mosquito nets, newspapers, journals and periodicals will not attract the 16 per cent VAT.
That is the good news. The bad news is that everything else is taxable.
Reactions from Kenyans
— Clemente Edwards (@ClementEdward) August 7, 2013
the VAT bill 2013 is moving us from one extreme to the other at the expense of the poor in our society #vatbill
— Mwenda Ikabu (@ikabu1) August 6, 2013
You can get an short version of what the VAT Bill means to you here
You can also read the full VAT Bill here