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Half of Kenyans prefer paying lower taxes even if it means there will be fewer government services, survey shows

9 Jul 2021 Kenya

Half of Kenyans would prefer to pay lower taxes, even if it meant there would be fewer government services, Afrobarometer data shows.

Even though most Kenyans endorse the right of tax authorities to collect taxes, they overwhelmingly say they find it difficult to access information about how their taxes are used. They are divided in their views on whether the government uses tax revenues for the well-being of citizens.

Some Kenyans have taken to social media to express dismay about the implementation of the Finance Act, 2021, which has resulted in amendments to various taxes with far-reaching implications for citizens and the business community.