Race against time for taxpayers to file returns

June 30, 2016
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The authority says has also increased officers in its 21 iTax Support Centres and 37 Huduma Centres, where it has presence/FILE
The authority says has also increased officers in its 21 iTax Support Centres and 37 Huduma Centres, where it has presence/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 30 – Businesses and individuals have less than 24 hours to file their tax returns for the year ending June 2016.

And to handle the usual last minute rush, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) says operating hours on Thursday will be extended at all iTax support centres countrywide.

“In addition to opening up the centres from Mondays to Fridays 7am-7pm, and throughout the weekend, the centres now operate till the last person on the queue is served,” KRA said.

The authority says has also increased officers in its 21 iTax Support Centres and 37 Huduma Centres, where it has presence.

Taxpayers who fail to submit their returns by the end of Thursday, face the risk of being surcharged a Sh1,000 and Sh10,000 minimum penalty for individuals and companies respectively or 5 percent of the net tax due.

So far the authority has not indicated any sign of time extension leaving the tax payers to either file the returns or pay penalty.

Employers have been urged to cooperate with their members of staff by providing them with the P9 forms for filing the returns online.

Despite a number of Kenyans expressing a number of difficulties in the online filling, KRA maintains that the iTax system is still operating seamlessly without hitches.

Taxpayers have however been advised to visit the support centres for any assistance.

“The authority has constantly engaged taxpayers through adverts and on ground activations on how and why they should file their returns on time. Sensitizations to educate taxpayers on how to file their returns and the benefits of filing the returns are still in top gear,” KRA explained.

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