Advanced taxation April 2023 past paper

TUESDAY: 25 April 2023. Afternoon Paper.                                                                    Time Allowed: 3 hours.

Answer ALL questions. Marks allocated to each question are shown at the end of the question. Show ALL your workings. Any assumptions made must be clearly and concisely stated. Do NOT write anything on this paper.

QUESTION ONE

1. Analyse FOUR roles of an arbiter in a tax alternative dispute resolution (ADR) (4 marks)

2. Sema and Tena are partners running a small hardware business in your town. They are facing a tax audit by the Revenue Authority for failure to maintain complete records. They have approached you to assist them in ascertaining the taxable profit or loss for the year ended 31 December 2022.

The following information has been provided to you:

  1. The partnership deed provides that:
    • Profits and losses will be shared in the ratio of 2:1 for Sema and Tena
    • Each partner will be entitled to a monthly salary of 90,000 and a bonus to be agreed from time to time.
    • Partners would be allowed to withdraw up to Sh.250,000 in cash with no interest. Any excess cash withdrawals would be subject to interest at the rate of 12% per annum.
    • No interest is charged on withdrawal of goods by
  2. On 1 September 2022, the partners admitted Vuna and the profit and loss sharing ratio was revised to equal basis for the three partners. Vuna was entitled to interest on capital like the other partners at the rate of 10% per annum. She was not entitiled to any salary or bonus for the year ended 31 December 2022.
  3. Extract of account balances were as follows:

No entries were made in the books to record these withdrawals.

  1. Hardware goods valued at 60,000 were destroyed in a flood in July 2022. The insurance company agreed to pay Sh.40,000 as compensation but by 31 December 2022, the amount had not been received.
  2. Assume that revenues and expenses accrued evenly throughout the year, unless otherwise

Required:

  • Prepare a statement of taxable profit or loss of the partnership for the year ended 31 December (11 marks)
  • A schedule showing allocation of the profit or loss to the partners for the year ended 31 December (5 marks)

(Total: 20 marks)

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QUESTION TWO

1. During the period between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2020, Chris Alexo earned income of Sh.18,000,000 which he did not declare to the revenue authority. The tax thereon amounted to Sh.6,000,000 with penalties and interest of Sh.1,500,000 and 600,000 respectively. In the year 2021, Chris Alexo applied for relief under the voluntary tax disclosure programme (VTDP) and the approval was done in August the same year. He thereafter paid Sh.3,000,000 to offset the tax due. During the year ended 31 December 2022, Chris Alexo settled Sh.1,500,000 of the principal tax but accrued further penalties of Sh.250,000 and interest of Sh.100,000. He estimates that he can only pay Sh.1,000,000 during the year 2023. This will result into additional penalties and interest of Sh.100,000 and Sh.60,000 respectively.

 

Required:

Compute the tax, penalties and interest (if any) for the relevant years to be waived or paid by Chris Alexo under the VTDP.   (8 marks)

2. Rick Lenon, a citizen of United Kingdom was recruited in London by Faux PLC, an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) with its head office in Nairobi, Kenya. Its activities are carried on in the Eastern Africa and Horn of Africa region through field stations, except in Kenya where the head office is based.

The following details relate to his earnings in Kenya Shillings for the year ended 31 December 2022:

  1. His basic salary for the year aggregated to 12,000,000.
  2. He was provided with air tickets valued at 360,000 to visit his family.
  3. Owing to the environment in the field stations, hardship allowance of 1,200,000 was paid.
  4. His movement to and from the field stations outside Kenya was facilitated by Faux PLC in form of air tickets that costed Sh.4,800,000 in the year.
  5. During the year, he was away in the foreign field stations for more than 156
  6. In an arrangement where Faux PLC has with a five-star hotel in Kenya, he consumed meals valued at Sh.270,000 which were paid for by the employer.
  7. Assume that he was an “other-than-resident” employee for the year

Required:

Determine taxable income and tax liability (if any) in Kenya for Rick Lenon for the year ended 31 December 2022. (6 marks)

3. The national treasury in your country recently issued a draft national tax policy for public participation and discussion

Required:

  • Explain THREE objectives of a national tax (3 marks)
  • Describe THREE practical challenges that a national tax policy is aimed at (3 marks)

(Total: 20 marks)

 

QUESTION THREE

1. The tax laws and regulations in most developing countries have been changing in recent years. This rapid change in legislation may expose tax payers to the risk of non-compliance.

Required:

  • Explain the term “tax health checks”. (2 marks)
  • Describe FOUR reasons why businesses should conduct regular tax health (4 marks)

2. Saika Ltd. is a company engaged in real estate development. The company constructed eight, two-bedroomed residential houses for sale and three commercial buildings in different locations in the country.

The company has presented the following information relating to the properties development as at 31 December 2022:

Residential houses:

  1. Cost of acquisition of land where the houses were constructed was Sh.10,000,000. The company had incurred the following costs in relation to land acquisition; stamp duty Sh.1,800,000, brokerage fees Sh.800,000 and legal fees to facilitate the purchase Sh.360,000.
  2. The following costs were incurred on construction:
    • Material cost for each house was Sh.4,350,000 inclusive of value added tax (VAT) at a rate of 16%.
    • Architectural and surveying fee was 1,624,000 inclusive of VAT. The company paid Sh.50,000 for each house to the county government for approval of the construction.
    • Professional fees for engineers amounted to 3,480,000 inclusive of VAT.
    • Labour cost was Sh.400,000 for each house per month. It took the company nine months to complete the construction.
    • The construction was financed by Ujenzi Housing Bank with a loan of 80,000,000 at an interest rate of 12% per annum. The loan was to be repaid at year end when all houses were sold. Only 70% of the loan was used on the houses. The balance was used to finance construction of the commercial buildings.
    • Drainage system and sewerage line cost 960,000 for all houses.
    • The company leased equipment for construction at a total lease charge of 2,000,000.
  3. Other costs incurred included:
    • Cost of landscaping the entire land where the houses were constructed 300,000.
    • Legal fees of 180,000 to settle disputes in relation to the title deed of the land.
  4. All the houses were sold by 31 December 2022 at a selling price of 12,500,000 per house. The following costs were incurred in selling the houses:
    • Legal fees 120,000 per house.
    • Valuation fee for all houses 1,200,000
    • Advertising to find a buyer 1,000,000 for all houses.

Commercial buildings:

  • The commercial buildings were constructed at a total cost of Sh.30,000,000 each. This included shops at Sh.2,200,000, gym and steam bath Sh.1,450,000 and a swimming pool for the tenants at Sh.2,400,000.
  • The commercial buildings were leased on 1 October 2022 at a monthly rent of Sh.1,200,000 each. Key money received on signing the lease agreement amounted to Sh.1,000,000 per building.
  • The tenants were required to pay a monthly premium charge for extra services provided of 200,000 per house.
  • Maintenance expenses per month amounted to 300,000.
  • The company incurred advertising costs of Sh.400,000 of which Sh.120,000 was incurred before leasing the buildings.
  • Installation of CCTV cameras Sh.180,000 on each building and insurance for the whole year amounted to Sh.480,000 for all the buildings.

Required:

Compute the total taxable income and tax payable (if any) by Saika Ltd. for the year ended 31 December 2022. (14 marks)

(Total: 20 marks)

QUESTION FOUR

1. As a professional tax practitioner undertaking tax advisory for the small and micro enterprises (SME) sector, explain FOUR aspects of compliance with the tax code in your country that constitute the major pain points for the SME (4 marks)

2. Tusaidiane SACCO is a deposit taking cooperative society. The SACCO has a clear separation of its back-office activities (BOSA) and its front-office activities (FOSA).

Details of their operations for the year ended 31 December 2022 are as follows:

Additional information:

  1. The foreign exchange gains realised and other operating income were earned equally between the BOSA and FOSA business.
  2. Expenses accrued in the ratio of 3:2 between BOSA and FOSA businesses respectively unless indicated
  3. Not included in the information provided is the purchase cost of a Toyota Van for 2,000,000 to be used for the SACCO’s marketing sensitisation campaigns.

Required:

The taxable income or loss (if any) and the tax payable for Tusaidiane SACCO for the year ended 31 December 2022.   (8 marks)

3. Venture Miners Ltd. are petroleum contractors. They have been granted by your government three licenses for the A, B and C contract areas in the Oil Details of their drilling and sale of petroleum for the year ended 31 December 2022 are as follows:

Additional information:

  1. The C contract area is mostly under exploration and has not yet reached the commercial levels of
  2. The Company’s Directors hold the company’s governance and supervisory meetings outside the
  3. The loose tools and machinery for exploration were brought in new during the

Required:

Determine the taxable income or loss and tax payable (if any) for Venture Miners Ltd. for the year ended 31 December 2022.                                                                                                 (8 marks)

(Total: 20 marks)

 

QUESTION FIVE

1. The Revenue Authority of your country has been undertaking tax reforms in a bid to improve tax collection and tax compliance. To this end, the Authority has formulated a three-year corporate plan that runs from the year 2021/2022 – 2023/2024. So far, most of the corporate plan priorities remain elusive and hence the Revenue Authority has not been able to achieve most of its strategic objectives.

Required:

Analyse FOUR reasons that may have contributed to the Revenue Authority being unable to achieve the strategic objectives.                                                                                                  (4 marks)

2. The following transactions related to Miki Traders for the month of December 2022:

4. Imported goods were stated at Cost Insurance and Freight (CIF) value and were subject to customs duty at a rate of 25% on their entry into the country.

5. Miki Traders donated goods worth Sh.150,000 and cash for Sh.120,000 to a children’s home. The goods were not included in the above sales.

6. Transactions are stated as VAT inclusive at a rate of 16% where

Required:

  • Compute the VAT payable or refundable by Miki Traders for the month of December 2022. (7 marks)
  • Comment on the VAT payable/refundable. (1 mark)

3. Malezi Trust was formed in the year 2021 for the benefit of Alex Malezi’s two children, Mona and Nora. The following information was provided to you by the trustees in respect of the trust’s income and expenses for the year ended 31 December 2022:

 

  1. The trustee reported a trading profit of 160,000,000 for the year. This was after deducting the following expenses:
    • Printing and stationery 1,000,000.
    • Legal fees of Sh.6,000,000 out of which 1,200,000 was in respect of defending one of the trustee involved in an illegal business deal.
    • Tax consultancy fees 2,400,000.
    • Purchase and installation of accounting software 2,000,000.
    • Trustees salary as per the trust agreement 10,000,000.
    • Loan repayment (interest 1,100,000) Sh.8,000,000.
    • Lease charges were 3,000,000 out of which Sh.600,000 was in respect of drafting 10 year lease agreement.
    • Preliminary expenses in respect of the trust formation 3,400,000.
  2. The trading profit was before taking into account the following capital expenditure:

3. The trustees received gross rental income from commercial properties of 120,000,000 and gross interest income from fixed deposits of Sh.20,000,000. Fee paid to investment managers in charge of the rental properties and fixed deposits amounted to Sh.12,000,000.

4. Additional information:

    • Each beneficiary is entitled to ¼ share of the net distributable
    • Fixed annuity to each beneficiary was 10,000,000 (gross).
    • The trustees made Sh.6,000,000 to Mona and Sh.3,000,000 to Nora as discretionary payments as per the agreement.

Required:

  • Compute the income tax payable on the trust income for the year ended 31 December (6 marks)
  • Compute the amount due to each beneficiary for the year ended 31 December (2 marks)

(Total: 20 marks)

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