A conference on tax justice in Kenya will be held on the 23rd August 2011. The National Conference on Tax Justice is organised by the East Africa Tax and Governance network (EATGN). The conference aims to create awareness on tax justice issues to inform civil society organisations and the media to enhance understanding, ownership and social action.
A scoping study by Action Aid International Kenya in 2010 found that Kenya is a global player and has attracted foreign direct investment by offering tax incentives such as tax holidays that can be 25 years as well as tax exemptions. As Kenya has low tax compliance, the country has a high tax gap. This means a gap between tax paid and tax owed. Moreover, the study describes the cries of the ‘common man’ in Kenya feeling ‘heavily taxed’ whilst certain corporations and individuals enjoy concessions, holidays and tax exemptions.
So the conference aims to feed into the EATGN’s broader goal of promoting new and sustained dialogue and media debate in Kenya and the East Africa region on governance and taxation issues, informed by research and include voices from all sectors of society.
For more information on the EATGN click here.