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How to File KRA Returns (KE)

How to File KRA Returns (KE)

The iTax online platform has significantly streamlined the process for taxpayers in fulfilling their tax obligations. Filing KRA tax returns via iTax has become more straightforward and accessible. In Kenya, every registered taxpayer with a Personal Identification Number (PIN) issued by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) is required to file tax returns annually. Those without a business or gainful employment must file nil KRA tax returns.

The iTax system is designed to accommodate various types of KRA returns, including income tax for resident individuals, corporations, partnerships, as well as indirect taxes like VAT and Excise. Based on your tax obligations, you must select the appropriate type of iTax return to file.

For more information on the different types of KRA tax returns that can be filed through the iTax portal, please refer to our article ‘KRA iTax Returns’.

How to File KRA iTax Returns Online

The steps for filing KRA returns are largely consistent across different types of returns, whether it’s income tax for individuals, corporate tax, or VAT returns. The primary difference lies in the specific details and format required for each type of tax return.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to filing KRA returns:

  1. Visit the iTax Portal: Go to iTax filing portal.
  2. Login: Enter your PIN and password to access the iTax portal.
  3. Navigate to Returns: Click on ‘e-Returns’ or select ‘Returns’ from the navigation menu, then click on ‘File Returns’.
  4. Select Return Type: Choose the type of return, enter your taxpayer’s PIN, select the applicable tax obligation, and click ‘Next’.
  5. Fill Out the Form: Based on the selected tax obligation, the relevant tax form will open. For example, choosing ‘VAT’ will open the VAT return form. This page provides detailed instructions for filling out the tax return.
  6. Download Template: Download the tax returns form in Excel or ODS format via the provided links, and save it on your computer.
  7. Complete the Form: Fill out all applicable sections in the downloaded form, and save the document on your computer.
  8. Enable Macros: Ensure macros are enabled to ‘Validate’ and zip your file.
  9. Upload the File: Return to the iTax filing page, select the filing period, upload the zip file, and agree to the terms and conditions by checking the appropriate box.
  10. Submit: Click ‘Submit’ to upload the return, and confirm by clicking ‘OK’ on the pop-up message. An e-return receipt with a message confirming successful submission and an acknowledgment number will be generated.

To summarize, the iTax filing process is straightforward as long as you have all the necessary details ready in the downloaded Excel template. For businesses, using software that auto-captures the required details into the prescribed Excel format can further simplify the filing process.

As outlined in the ‘How to File KRA Returns’ section, the iTax filing steps are similar across all types of returns for both businesses and individuals, making the iTax system user-friendly and efficient.

For expert assistance in navigating the iTax system and other registration services, visit Webregister Limited.

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