Sunday, 6 November 2011


The non governmental coordinating council (NGOCC) has proposed to government to make consumption tax more progressive and removed from basic goods.
According to its submissions to the ministry of finance and national planning in view of the budget to be presented this week on Friday, the organization has proposed that as the average cost of food and living rises, tax-free income should stand at k 1.3 million instead of the current k 1 million.
It has emphasized that it supports the idea and emphasizes on the importance of a tax free threshold in order to ensure food security to poor families and especially female headed households, as they struggle the most for meeting their needs with the very limited resources accessible to them
The women movement says removing the consumption tax from basic foods and making it progressive will make basic goods become more affordable to poor people and female headed households who might consume them disproportionately.
It says women should be represented in tax relief programs that take into consideration the needs of women who gain their income from the informal sector, through such things as reduced petrol prices.
They have has pointed out that the Jesuit centre for theological reflection (JCTR) has been active in advocating for a raise of the basic needs basket (BNB), “a tool that depicts the average cost of living for a family of six in a specific town.
The ministry of finance and national planning is expected to present the much anticipated budget in which people expect to see how much tax they will be paying and taxed on several items this Friday.

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