Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) staff will be gifted a one month salary equivalent for surpassing the 2020/21 financial year targets.
The news of the salary bonus is definitely music to the ears of the over 14,000 employees of the Kenya Revenue Authority.
In an internal memo, Commissioner General Githii Mburu told staff that KRA board had approved the bonus payment, equivalent to one months salary.
The move, Githii added was made in consultation with the National Treasury and is aimed at rewarding KRA for surpassing the Ksh.1.6 trillion revenue target for the 2020/21 financial year.
The commissioner general in his memo further says that the board considers the bonus payment a motivation to achieve the 2021/2022 Ksh.1.8 trillion revenue target already set for them.
The highest paid employees at KRA are commissioners with KRA commissioner general earning an estimated Ksh.1.2 million to Ksh.2 million per month. Other commissioners pocket between 700,000 to Ksh.1.2 million each per month according to sources at Times Tower.
KRA has been on the radar in the last three financial years as the government exert pressure on it to raise revenue for ballooning budgets. As a result, the taxman has adopted means that the private sector players have termed as too aggressive in its pursuit for the collection.
This has seen a number of corporates and individuals hulled to courts for various charges ranging from tax evasion and non remittance.
In the current financial year, the tax man is expected to raise nearly two trillion shillings of the Ksh.3.2 trillion budget