Kenya Revenue Authority Cracks Down on Government Officials

Despite only having been in existence since 1995, the Kenya Revenue Authority (Kenya’s equivalent of the IRS) apparently has some teeth. Under the country’s new constitution, which was promulgated in August 2010, even the top paid legislators have to pay taxes. Imagine that! So Kenya’s prime minister, Raila Odinga, is leading by example and paying what he owes in back taxes which came out to over $37,000. But many other lawmakers are not so excited about following suit, and some flat out oppose the rule. The Revenue Authority stated that it would seize their property and sell it at auction if they fail to pay what they owe.

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