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You will still be required to file your tax returns, KRA tells employees

The tax authority termed a media report titled ‘KRA abolished Keying in of PAYE Tax Returns’ as misleading./FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 25 – Kenya Revenue Authority has refuted claims that it has scrapped individual filing of tax returns.

In a statement, the tax authority termed a media report titled ‘KRA abolished Keying in of PAYE Tax Returns’ as misleading.

KRA says the online article misinterpreted the authority’s last week’s communication on the enhanced function of iTax which allows taxpayers with employment income as the only source of income to file their tax returns using the auto-populated function.

“This has made it much easier, smoother and faster 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. On receipt of the P9 certificates, the employees should simply proceed and file their returns accordingly,” read part of KRA’s statement updating taxpayers on update to the system.

The Commissioner for Domestic Taxes maintained that this does not imply that filing of tax returns has been abolished.

“KRA, therefore, advises all taxpayers to disregard this miscommunication and in case of any assistance or clarification, to reach out to KRA through the available channels of communication.”

The Revenue Authority urged Kenyans to begin submitting their 2018 tax returns early.

It further urged all employers to issue P9 Certificates to their employees early enough to facilitate them in filing their 2018 individual income tax returns in time and avoid late filing penalty.

Last year about 3.2 million taxpayers filed their returns in time. This year’s deadline is scheduled for June 30th, 2019.

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