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As long as you hold a KRA PIN Number, it is mandatory for you to submit a return. It doesn’t matter whether you have zero income at all, not employed, or been confined to a bed for all of 2016.

It is a requirement. Even for those who go abroad and say goodbye to Kenya, if you ever plan to return, your lack of filing returns will be waiting for you.

KRA allows for a NIL return, i.e. download the form and enter your details (PIN, year of return 01/01/2016 to 31/12/2106) and then skip over to the last tab and click ‘Validate’. It will generate a zero/Nil return. Then log in online and simply upload the zip file it generates.

3. The fine is now Ksh20,000 for not filing a return (whether or not you earned any income). Yes, if your watchman, or househelp or shamba boy, or car wash guy, or mama mboga has a valid KRA PIN, failure to file a return (even a nil return) will incur them a fine. That’s right.

And if they ignore this for five years, and decide to run for the position of MCA or MP, they will come face to face with a fine of over 100,000 plus unbelievable interest.

Next: How to file tax returns

 


Editor and writer at BUSINESS TODAY, Muli has a passion for human interest stories that have a big impact on economic development. He holds a BSc in Communication and Journalism from Moi University and has worked for various organisations including Kenya Television Service. Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

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