Tax revenue growth and taxpayer engagement.
Efficient government-tax-payer engagement for local tax revenue growth and value
Inadequate knowledge on the statutory responsibility to pay tax results in unwillingness to pay tax and generally limited engagement in the tax setting and spending especially at the local level.
Consequently, the government apply costly measures to enforce tax laws and policies. Although enforcement of tax laws gets the job done, it results in increased mistrust between governments and citizens.
Overall, growth of tax revenues at the county is negatively impacted while tax-payers do not realize the value of the taxes paid.
Although tax payment is a civic duty, or an obligation for Kenyan citizens anchored in a framework, many at times, tax-payers do not appreciate the need to pay taxes from a perspective of civic duty. Our main goal under this subprogram area is to strengthen government-tax-payer engagement to improve local tax revenue growth by: a) strengthening tax-payer knowledge on their civic duty to pay their taxes and to follow through (participate) to ensure that they receive value for the money they pay in taxes, b) partner and collaborate with civil society to support the adaptation of participatory systems of county governments to better engage tax-payers and c) generate new knowledge, data and information to support relevant reforms aimed at strengthen transparent and accountable tax revenue growth and management.
We hypothesize that the presence of a relatively robust participatory budgeting program will alter the co-production of reciprocity and accountability.
Recent Projects and results
A PB pilot with farmers in Elgeyo Marakwet County
Through this experiment, we collaborated with the Marakwet Highland Farmers Association to train 20 budget facilitators drawn from five wards in the highland of Marakwet West and Marakwet East sub-counties i.e., Kapyego, Lelan, Sengwer and Charang’any/Chebororwa.
OGP Action Plan Co-Creation
We engaged 120 participants through the co-creation process and 75% of all government departments through a series of listening tours – community listening tours across the county sub-counties and listening involving governments officials.