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Court bars KRA from seizing property over unpaid taxes - 9 months ago, 16 Maý 13:57

By: Galgallo Fayo

The High Court has declared unconstitutional the law empowering the Kenya Revenue Authority to search goods and documents from taxpayers suspected to have evaded taxes.

Justice George Odunga Wednesday ruled that Section 44 (1) and (2), section 60 (1) and (3) of Tax Procedures Act, 2015 violates Article 31 (b) of Constitution, which guarantees "right not to have their possessions seized".

The judge also declared unconstitutional section 59 (4) of the Act which had waived the rights of individuals or organisations who are bound by contractual duty of confidentiality.

The decision are contained in a ruling delivered in case filed against KRA by former Nairobi County Secretary Robert Ayisi who contested the decision by taxman to arrest him after he allegedly failed to produce documents relating to legal fees paid to lawyer Tom Ojienda.

“I declare that the sections 44 (1) and (2), 60(1) and (3) and 59(4) of Tax Procedures Act, 2015 ...
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