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Kenya VAT changes

  • Jun 11, 2015 | Richard Asquith

Kenya VAT changes

The new 2015/16 budget for Kenya includes a number of VAT changes, including:

  • Good in transit will be nil rated instead of exempt from VAT, meaning input suffered will be recoverable
  • VAT credits in returns will be refundable within 12 months of application
  • Goods provided for the construction of capital works in industrial estates will now be exempted

The current Kenyan VAT rate is 16%.  There is no reduced rate, but there is a nil rate and zero rating.


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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.