10 June 2016
Kenya’s plans to impose a 10 per cent excise duty on beauty and cosmetics products from next year has been criticised as “gender tax”.
Heated debates followed the announcement of the proposal with many insisting that it unfairly targeted women.
The move, which is the first time the Kenyan government is targeting the cosmetics industry since 2009, was made to harmonise tax policies in Kenya with those of other Eastern Africa countries.
Kenya’s cosmetics industry is estimated to be worth 6.4 billion Kenyan Shillings (close to 1.5 billion in Naira) meaning the anticipated collections could be more than 300 million shillings (600 million Naira).