KRA Three reasons why you MUST file your tax returns

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As long as your have a KRA pin then you WILL be fined.

play KRA (Courtesy)

The folllowing message has been making rounds on Whatsapp giving three reasons why you must pay your tax returns.

  1. As long as you hold a *KRA PIN* Number, it is mandatory for you to submit a return.  It doesn't matter whether you have zero income at all, not employed, or been confined to a bed for all of 2016.  It is a requirement.  Even for those who go abroad and say goodbye to Kenya, if you ever plan to return, your lack of filing returns will be papo hapo waiting for you.
  2. *KRA allows for a NIL return*, i.e. download the form and enter your details (pin, year of return 01/01/2016 to 31/12/2106) and then skip over to the last tab and click 'Validate'.  It will generate a zero/Nil return.  Then log in online and simply upload the zip file it generates.

  3. *The fine is now Kes 20,000 for not filing a return* (whether or not you earned any income).  Yes, if your watchie, or housie or shamba boy, or car wash guy, or mama mboga has a valid KRA Pin, failure to file a return (even a nil return) will incur them a fine.  Thats right.  And if they ignore this for 5 years, and decide to run as an MCA because your whole estate just adores them, they will come face to face with a fine of over 100k plus unbelievable interest.

play The penaltiy for not filing your returns is now 20,000. (Courtesy)


I'm convinced that many people consider tax returns _'kazi ya watu wako na job...or biashara'_, but I listened to radio as a KRA official reminded Kenyans that *'AS LONG AS you have a KRA PIN Number', you are obligated to file a return.*  So please, do not forget or skip filing your returns this year, even if its NIL.  And let the person next to you know that as well.

A lawyer will tell you that this is important if you don't want to pay extra amounts as fines with interest on your tax.

The fine for not filing your  annual tax returns has increased from Sh1000 to Sh20,000 as from next month. 

The deadline as set by Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) is 30th June 2017 for every tax payer to have filed their returns.

No one is expemted as long as they have a KRA pin certificate.


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