Tax

Led by our firm’s Senior Partner, our tax team has acted for several local and international companies in tax-related matters.

Our expertise covers:

  • Tax Audits
  • Direct taxes(income tax, withholding tax, capital gains tax) and Indirect taxes(Customs and Excise duties and VAT)
  • Employment taxes
  • M&A transactions
  • Resolution of disputes at tribunal and court level
  • Tax aspects of legal due diligence
  • Tax planning(local and international)
  • Tax refunds and recovery
  • Transaction advisory and structuring

Experience

  • Representing a Kenyan real estate company in a judicial review application before the Kenyan High Court
  • Successfully represented Vivo Energy in a challenge against KRA’s tax assessments by alleged gains obtained from one sale of economic rights in trademarks to its UK parent company where the said trademarks were previously licensed to local company for use royalty free
  • Representing a regional international school in an appeal at the High Court on an income tax dispute
  • Representing a leading Kenyan supermarket chain in a tax appeal before the High Court in regards to which the taxman raised a withholding tax claim in regards to a loyalty card claim
  • Representing a gaming and lottery company in a tax dispute at the Tax Appeal Tribunal
  • Advising a real estate company on a withholding tax in commercial properties
  • Advised a leading Kenyan investment and real estate company on a corporate and transactional restructuring
  • Representing a group of related real estate companies on a claim for withholding tax on demand interest, corporate income tax and PAYE
  • Advising a real estate company on capital deductions
  • Advised Centunion (a European construction company), on their contract with the Kenya National Highways Authority specifically in regards to their tax implications
  • Advised Rentworks (East Africa), on the tax aspects of their share restructuring and group reorganizations in regard to significant capital investment by global private equity investors
  • Advising a regional international school, on Kenyan-related tax matters
  • Represented a regional international school, in an income tax dispute at the Kenyan Tax Appeals Tribunal
  • Representing Madison Insurance in a tax dispute (with constitutional aspects) before the Kenyan High Court
  • Represented Bidco Oil refineries in a tax dispute before the Kenyan High Court
  • Representing a Kenyan FMCG company in a tax dispute, which involved some constitutional aspects
  • Represented a construction company in arbitration proceedings arising out of a breach of a building contract. The claim was for VAT on the contract works and the cost of additional works and variations
  • Successfully represented KEC International in a tax dispute with the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)
  • Representing a mining company in a tax dispute at the Tax Appeals Tribunal
  • Part of the team currently representing a Kenyan real estate company in a tax dispute before the Kenyan High Court

Insights

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NEW IN THE MARKET: SHARE BUYBACKS UNDER THE COMPANIES ACT, 2015

Tax reprieve: Kenya’s new Tax Amnesty Guidelines released

On taxation: The Common Reporting Standards and Automatic Exchange of Information

New tax changes in the Finance Act, 2016

A sigh of relief for Withholding VAT agents

Unveiled: Kenya’s 2016/2017 budget highlights

A matter of co-operation: Kenya signs the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

Step lightly: Matters to consider during M&A deals in Kenya

On the rise: How REITs are changing the real estate landscape


Key Contacts

George Oraro SC

goraro@oraro.co.ke

020 – 271 3 636/271 1 480

Lena Onchwari

Lena Onchwari

lena@oraro.co.ke

020 – 271 3 636/271 1 480