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Ruto Changes tune, orders Review On Financial Bill Proposing 15 percent Tax on Content creators.

Ruto Changes tune, orders Review On Financial Bill Proposing 15 percent Tax on Content creators.

 

 

 

  • President William Ruto asked the Parliament’s Finance and ICT Committees to rethink the clause on taxing content creators
  • The head of state said he had given them some time to plan their affairs before they resumed paying taxes like other Kenyans
  • Ruto claimed that the government had asked YouTube to allow Kenyans to register on the platform and start paying them

Nairobi– President William Ruto has made a slight compromise on a proposal in the Finance Bill 2023.

William Ruto
President William Ruto enjoys a moment during the Kenya National Drama and Film Festival. Photo: William Ruto. Source: Twitter

During the 2023 Kenya National Drama Festival State Concert at the State House on Friday, June 2, the head of state came to the aid of digital content creators who have protested the proposal.

The head of state asked the Parliament’s Finance and ICT Committee to rethink the clause on taxing digital content creators in the proposed Bill.

Ruto said he had given the proposal a second thought, adding that the creatives would be exempted for some time.

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“I know there is a proposal in this year’s budget on digital content, and creators are making a statement. I have told the ICT and Finance committee to work on it. Let’s them give a bit more space, I think let us allow them kidogo wajipange alafu baadaye si sisi wote tutalipa ushuru,” Ruto said amid cheers.

Ruto discloses partnership with Youtube

The head of state divulged that the Kenya Kwanza administration had appealed to techno-giant YouTube to start paying Kenyans for content posted on the video-sharing platform.

He explained that despite being a big ask, YouTube came through for Kenyans and allowed the deal to pay digital creators.

“YouTube has been a partner with us, when we did ask them that they allow Kenyans to register from Kenya and to monetise, it was a difficult decision, but again let me say thank you very much because they have come through for us,” he added.

Raila terms Finance Bill 2023 punitive

In other developments, ODM leader Raila Odinga warned of unspecified action if the parliament passes the contentious finance bill.

The ODM leader gave the Kenya Kwanza government until Monday, June 5, to withdraw the Finance Bill 2023 or face unspecified consequences.

Raila, who was speaking at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation Headquarters in Nairobi, asked Ruto to listen to the voices of Kenyans opposed to the bill.

“Enough is enough! We shall blow the trumpet. We will tell you what to do. That day is coming soon,” said Raila, as reported by Citizen Digital.

The former prime minister accused the government of seeking to impose undue taxes on suffering Kenyans.

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