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Kenya extends VAT exemptions

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  • 12 May 2014 | Richard Asquith

 Kenya extends VAT exemptions

Kenya has agreed to increase the number of basic goods which are exempt from its 16% VAT rate.

  • The new goods include:
  • Solar energy equipment
  • Animal feed and related equipment
  • Fishing nets

The move comes following the introduction of the Kenya VAT Act 2013, which removed the 12% reduced VAT rate and the reclassification of many previously exempt goods as subject to the standard VAT rate.

Other basic goods which are VAT exempt include: basic grains, rice, bread, agricultural supplies, medicines and pharmaceuticals.


VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He is part of the European leadership team which this year won International Tax Review's Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.