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Kenya VAT rise to 18% proposal 2024

Kenya’s Treasury 2024 budget proposes 2% hike to 18%

The ruling Kenya Kwanza coalition  has proposed a 2% rise in the standard VAT rate from 16% to 18% in the Draft Medium-term Debt Strategy for the period 2024-25 and 2026-27. The rise would be to help meet the costs of the government’s major spending plans following the passing in June of the country’s largest budget. The country also faces a potential debt crunch in 2024.

A rise to 18% would put Kenya in line with neighbouring countries and harmonisation of the country’s VAT with the East African Community member states:

  • Uganda: 18%
  • Tanzania: 18%
  • Rwanda: 18%
  • Burundi: 18%
  • Ethiopia: 15%

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COVID 2020 VAT cut to 14%

The rate was temporarily reduced to 14% on 1 April 2020 to help support businesses and consumers as the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2020. The African country also reduced its corporate income tax rate from 30% to 25%.

The 8% reduced rate has remained unchanged during the period. This is payable on the following supplies:

  • Motor fuel (regular and premium gasoline)
  • Aviation fuel
  • Gas oil
  • Natural gas



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