File tax returns early to avoid inconveniences, KRA cautions

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The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has urged tax payers in the country to file their tax returns before the set deadline of June 30, 2019 in order to avoid last minute inconveniences.

According to the tax collector, the income tax returns for the year 2018 are due for submission as from January 1, 2019 and this will give tax payers plenty of time to file their returns lest they incur late submission penalties.

“Late submission of tax returns is an offence under the Tax Procedure Act, 2015 which attracts a penalty of Kshs. 2,000 in case of individuals and Kshs. 10,000 or five percent of the tax due in any other case. These punitive penalties are avoidable by filing tax returns in time,” the   tax collector said in an official statement.

While commending the over 3.2 million taxpayers who filed their returns in time in the last financial year through the iTax system; KRA urged employers to offer their employees P9 certificates on time in order to facilitate the tax filing process on the platform.

“KRA has enhanced iTax to have an auto-populated return of employment income. This has made it much easier for employees whose source of income is only employment to file their returns. The employees are only required to input data on pension and annual relief,” the tax collector explained.

“On receipt of the P9 certificates, the employees should simply proceed and file their returns accordingly.   Persons with employment and other sources of income are required to download excel sheet from iTax, fill in the required information offline and submit the returns by easily uploading them on iTax.”

KRA pin holders with no source of income, such as university students, will also be expected to file a NIL return before the deadline elapses.

In order to ensure efficient filing, KRA has also provided nationwide support at the Tax Service Offices to those who may need assistance in filing. Taxpayers are encouraged to visit those offices for support in filing of returns.

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