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url 2014-03-18 06:24
Tax Management at Bp Holdings: Remove bottlenecks in online tax filing system

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Kenya: Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) shut the door on manual filing of tax returns on March 1 with the adoption of a new electronic tax management system.

 

Dubbed i-Tax, the system replaces the old legacy platform and makes it easier for taxpayers to access various services such as updating registration details, filing tax returns and making payments and enquiries about the status of their tax ledgers — from the comfort of their homes and offices.

 

i-Tax also provides an integrated view of a taxpayer including updated information such as county, employer, mobile phone contact, unique e-mail address and tax agent — crucial information that was not previously captured by the old system.

 

Understandably, the system upgrade is part of what KRA needs to increase efficiency, ensure better compliance with tax laws and end the winding queues that snake around tax payment centres every mid-month.

 

With a little modification, the i-Tax system would ably handle essential services including issuance of tax clearance certificates and driving licences.

 

It is with these expectations that the announcement of a system upgrade late last month was greeted. To the taxpayer, the new system means less man-hours spent on queuing to file tax returns and that one can retrieve their tax records at the click of a button.

 

However, the collapse of the system hours after the switch-on and inordinately long downtimes have cut short taxpayer celebrations. Several functions including application for PIN numbers, VAT, PAYE and withholding tax returns have either stalled, or are taking extraordinarily long to complete.

 

Confused

 

What ought to have been a seamless transition from manual to electronic filing has since turned into grief — with taxpayers making endless trips to KRA offices for inquiries on how to use the new system.

 

More surprising is the fact that some employees did not appear to know what was happening — they had neither news of the system nor did they understand the cause of frequent downtimes.

 

The situation made for an uncomfortable conversation between anxious taxpayers keen to beat the March 20 deadline and a bewildered staff not knowing what to say or how to help.     

 

A few home truths would suffice here: The success of any tax system is how easy it is to comply with its regulations. Beyond making tax administration relatively easy, an effective tax system plays an even bigger role defining a country’s business environment.

 

No doubt KRA is working to ensure the system stabilises because it is a laudable effort at reducing waste in Government in line with the Government’s new agenda.

 

This being the case, there should be some recourse for taxpayers who fail to submit their returns on time.

 

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Screwing the System - online short - Josephine Myles Turns out Cosmo wants more from Alasdair than a job. Their first flirt is a funny, sexy take on a job interview and it all goes sweetly dom-subbing uphill from there. These are two delicious guys, one well-aged, the other firm and tender, and the sprinkling of British colloquialisms lend some bite and fragrance like a good slab of Stilton. Myles delivers in this vignette. Cut me a thick slice, I’m a fan. (this is a prequel to the novel by the same name)
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review 2012-11-25 00:00
Screwing the System - online short
Screwing the System - online short - Josephine Myles Considering I dislike large age gaps, D/S, and the use of the word Daddy during sex (ditto any other sort of parental references) I actually enjoyed this story.
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review 2012-07-22 00:00
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This was good. I always have a bit of a hard time relating to aloof characters when I don't get to see their perspectives. But even though this was a fairly simple story, I feel like they were able to explan Alasdaire through a sad song and a little recap from Freddy, which is pretty impressive. I could definitely relate to Cosmo not being able to hold back the snippy commentary, and that made it feel lighter BDSM-wise despite all the "yes, Daddy"s.
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