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KRA announces nationwide deployment of paramilitary tax officers to enforce compliance

KRA (Kenya Revenue Authority) deploys Revenue Service Assistants (paramilitary tax officers) to enforce compliance.

In order to assist taxpayers with their compliance needs, the Kenya Revenue Authority has announced the deployment of Revenue Service Assistants around the country.

The Revenue Service assistants will, among other things, make it easier for trading enterprises to register online, check taxpayer information, and support compliance with TIMS/eTIMS laws, according to a notification to the public.

Additionally, they will support data gathering for the taxman and compliance with excise requirements.

“Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) informs the public that it has rolled out a Revenue Service Assistants (RSAs) program whose mandate is to support taxpayers with their compliance needs,” the notice reads.

“The RSAs will provide on-site facilitation to taxpayers, which will involve physical visits to taxpayer premises within the country.”

KRA urged the public to interact with the RSAs and let them know how they can be of assistance to them.

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The Authority also noted that the RSAs will have KRA staff identification cards and will wear uniforms for ease of identification.

“Additionally, the public can authenticate the staff details through USSD *572#, or use KRA Thibitisha which is available on the KRA website: www.kra.go.ke or through the KRA Mservice App,” the notice said.

KRA on Monday clarified the assigned roles of the newly recruited Revenue Service Assistants (RSAs) after Kenyans started speculating on the roles of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) trained RSAs. 

The deployment comes after 1,400 officers, known as Revenue Service Assistants (RSAs), graduated from the Kenya Defence Forces Recruits Training School in Eldoret, and they have their work cut out for them.

The ceremony was president over by Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi.

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