You will pay Sh350 more for cooking gas, from July 1st following the introduction of a 16 percent value-added tax on cooking gas by the Kenya Revenue Authorities (KRA). Since 2016, Kenyans have been purchasing cooking gas without the additional VAT.
However, with the reinstatement of the tax, through the Finance Act 2020, members of the public already burdened by the aftermath of Covid-19 will dig deeper in their pockets, to make a meal.
The Finance Act, 2020 (the Act) was passed by the National Assembly on 23 June 2020 and assented to by the President 30 June 2020. It was seen as a departure from previous years, necessitated by recent constitutional interpretations by the courts on the Provisional Collection of Taxes and Duties Act, CAP 415 of the Laws of Kenya.
The laws had barred the Government from collecting taxes before the approval of the Finance Bill by the National Assembly, leading to subsequent amendments to the Public Finance Management Act, 2012.
Refilling the small 6-kg cylinder currently standing at Sh1,050 will cost Sh168 more, the 13-kg cylinder will cost Sh360 on top of the current Sh2,250, while the 22-kg cylinder will cost Sh626 on top of the current Sh3900.
Refilling the 50-kg cylinder will cost Sh1,384 more on top of the current Sh8,650.