NGOs call for tax waivers on donations to charitable organisations

Monday, March 20th, 2023 11:00 | By
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Non-governmental organizations have urged  the government to remove taxes imposed on charitable donations destined to help the vulnerable community..

The organisations now claim donations worth millions of shillings are stuck abroad after the government started taxing charitable donations  from the UK and Germany.

 They say the majority of Kenyans who depend on donations, especially wheelchairs, hospital beds and sanitary pads are suffering due to the situation.

All firms making donations to charity organizations should be registered under the Companies Act, the Societies Act or the NGO Coordination Act for them to qualify tax exceptions.

Speaking in Mombasa yesterday during the commemoration of the NGOs week, Helping Hand (Pwani), a charitable organisation in the coast secretary Habib Hakim secretary requested the government to give tax waivers to charitable donations so that the needy can benefit.

“As you know the government has stopped all tax waivers on donations, they don’t give us waiver on duties and taxes on donations, we want to ask the NGO’s and coordination board to help us, and we have a lot of stuff stuck in Germany, UK, wheel chairs, hospital beds, only last month we brought a container we ended up paying duty, when it reached here they told us the government has removed waivers,” said Hakim.

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