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Kenya Revenue Authority to disable missing iTax PINs

By , ITWeb
01 Aug 2017

Kenya Revenue Authority to disable missing iTax PINs

As reported by techweez, Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has warned that it will disable personal identification numbers (PINs) of people who fail to upload their profiles on its new iTax platform by August 31.

The new system was developed by KRA to replace its old online system. According to KRA, iTax allows Kenyans update their tax registration details, file tax returns using Microsoft Excel or Open Office, register all tax payments and make status enquiries with real-time monitoring of their ledger/ account.

"Taxpayers who have not filed any return for the last three months will be considered as not trading and their PINs rendered inactive," reads the KRA notice.

According to techweez, KRA has been urging taxpayers to move their data to its online platform after realising some people had not transferred their profiles, with others failing to file their returns even though their profiles exist. "Some businesses are filing nil or no returns at all, coupled with millions (about 2.4 million as of June 2017) of people who do not file tax returns at all."

KRA issues a KES 20 000 fine to businesses who fail to file returns, KES 5 000 for SMEs and KES 10 000 for salaried employees, according to the country's Tax Procedure Act 2015. KRA hopes these will motivate people to take the exercise seriously and file their returns.

"Also, deactivated PINs are a stopper to conducting business. At the same time, merging the online tax register with government payment systems has zeroed-in on evaders that do business with the state. These campaigns should enhance tax compliance and revenue collection that dropped by KES 66 billion based on KES 1.431 trillion, collected by June 2016," reads an excerpt from the techweez report.

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