The taxman is eyeing rich Kenyans with a lavish lifestyle on social media but paying little or no tax. The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Commissioner-General Githii Mburu said his officers are now spending time on social media, hunting Kenyans living lavishly, posting photos of luxurious cars, throwing expensive parties to ensure that they pay their taxes.
This move is aimed at striking the heart of the “soft life” generation, socialites, and Kenyans who are splashing their lives on social media, and KRA said it’s about time for all Kenyans to pay their taxes fairly.
Upon the realization of tax default, the tax cheats risk travel bans, prosecution, or collecting directly from their suppliers or bankers. This move is a big crackdown aimed at high-net-worth individuals.
The KRA is racing to bring more people into the tax bracket and curb tax evasion and cheating in the quest to meet targets, therefore, the taxman has a team focused on smoking out tax cheats through sites such as Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat.