Ruto To Remove Taxes On Some Items

Ruto To Remove Taxes On Some Items

Ruto To Remove Taxes On Some Items

Taxes on any building materials used in the Affordable Housing initiative will be  eliminated, according to plans released by President William Ruto. Speaking at the start of Mombasa County’s home construction project, Ruto  emphasized charges like Value Added Tax (VAT) that have driven up the price  of building homes.

He clarified that the action is intended to forward his housing objective by allowing  Kenyans to purchase homes at a reduced cost. Ruto continued, saying that the elimination of taxes will be emphasized in the  Ministry of Lands’ gazetted Affordable Housing Financing in the upcoming weeks.

The head of state did not, however, back down from taxing imported household goods and materials as long as efforts are made to increase domestic manufacturing.”In order to make building supplies for affordable homes more widely available at a lower cost, I plan to eliminate taxes on all of them.

“It is agreed upon that the materials cannot be imported indefinitely. We have imposed levies on imported furniture because of this,” he said.However, he emphasized that standards on mortgage rates for different Kenyans will also be provided by the Affordable Housing Financing, which is scheduled to be gazetted.

For example, homes in the social housing category intended for low-income individuals will be available at a three percent interest rate.The houses offered to middle-class Kenyans will cost 6% of their income, while dwellings for upper-class Kenyans will cost 9%.

Ruto stated that the Cabinet had already approved the scheme. “We have the opportunity in our lifetime to change and transform Kenya through affordable housing programme,” he said.Every year, the government intends to build 200,000 new homes.

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