The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) will hire 2,000 investigative officers, who will be tasked with investigating wealthy tax cheats.
In a report tabled in Parliament, the Finance and National Planning Committee has directed the National Treasury to provide the funds needed to hire the officers.
“The National Treasury should allocate additional funds under the Supplementary Estimates 1 to employ additional 2, 000 staff,” the committee said.
KRA has already announced vacancies for chief manager investigations, manager investigations, assistant manager investigations, assistant manager operations, data analysis and reporting, assistant manager prosecution and supervisor in-charge of investigations.
This could be in preparation for a robust investigative department, that will target wealthy individuals and organisations that have been avoiding to pay taxes.
KRA uses information such as bank statements, import records, motor vehicle registration details, electricity bills, water bills and asset ownership details to identify tax cheats.
The taxman missed its target for the five months to November last year by Ksh100.72 billion, attributing it to Covid-19 challenges.
The taxman, through the new officers, aims at increasing its tax bracket and meeting its obligations.
In 2019, KRA hired 1,000 officers to its investigative arm, who it says identified 1,309 firms and wealthy individuals that owe it Ksh259 billion.