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2023 KRA Online Returns: Step-by-Step Guide

How to File KRA Returns Online 2023

As we approach the end of every financial year, individuals with a KRA PIN are required to file their tax returns. This process is done through the iTax platform and is quite simple and convenient. This article provides a step-by-step guide on how to file your KRA returns online as of 2023.

Importance of Filing KRA Returns

Filing your KRA returns is not only a legal requirement but also important for various reasons. It enables you to remain tax compliant and avoid penalties that may result from non-compliance. Additionally, filing your returns allows you to access various government services such as securing government tenders or applying for a loan.

Filing Tax Returns for Individuals with Disability

Persons living with disabilities can enjoy a tax exemption on their income for the first Kshs 150,000 of their monthly income. To claim this exemption, such individuals need to provide relevant documentation to prove their disability status. In addition, they are still required to file their tax returns.

Steps to Follow When Filing KRA Returns Online

  1. Go to the KRA iTax website at https://itax.kra.go.ke/KRA-Portal/
  2. Log in to the iTax portal by using your KRA PIN and password.
  3. Scroll down to the navigation bar and select the Returns option. Then click on the File Returns option.
  4. You will be taken to a page displaying the different types of taxes to be paid. Choose the appropriate tax obligation applicable to you and then click on ‘Next.’
  5. The tax form applicable to the type of tax obligation you selected will open up.
  6. The tax form contains detailed instructions guiding you through the filling process.
  7. On the same page, you will see links to download the tax form in either Excel or ODS format. Download the template and either open it or save it on your device.
  8. Fill in the necessary information on the downloaded form and save the document.
  9. Enable macros to validate and zip your file.
  10. Return to the iTax ‘File Returns’ page and select the period for which you are filing the tax returns.
  11. Upload the file (zip file), agree on the terms and conditions, and click on submit.
  12. A pop-up message will appear asking for confirmation of whether you want to upload the form. Click OK.
  13. A message will be generated confirming whether your return has been successfully submitted.

How to File Nil Returns

Individuals who are unemployed or have no meaningful income source are required to file nil returns. The process is simple and convenient and can be done through the iTax platform as well.

  1. Go to the KRA iTax website at https://itax.kra.go.ke/KRA-Portal/
  2. Log in using your KRA PIN and password, then correctly answer the security question that will be asked. After that, click on the Log In button.
  3. Scroll down to the navigation bar and select the Returns option. Different options will be displayed. Select the ‘File Nil Returns’ option.
  4. A tax obligation page will appear where you need to enter your KRA PIN. Click on ‘Income tax resident,’ then click ‘Next’ to proceed.
  5. Choose the returns period and then click on the ‘Submit’ button.
  6. A successful submission message will pop up with an acknowledgment number.
  7. Download and print the return acknowledgment receipt.

Conclusion

Filing your KRA returns is a vital process that every individual with a KRA PIN must undertake. Through this article, we have provided a detailed guide on how to file your KRA returns online for the year 2023. It is important to follow the given steps to ensure that the process is made simple and effortless.

FAQs

  1. What happens when I fail to file my KRA returns on time? If you fail to file your KRA returns on time, you risk being penalized. The penalty is usually a percentage of the outstanding tax amount.
  2. Can I file my KRA returns from outside Kenya? Yes. With the iTax platform, you can file your KRA returns from anywhere in the world.
  3. How do I know if my KRA returns have been successfully submitted? After submitting your KRA returns, a message will be generated confirming whether your return has been successfully submitted.
  4. Can I file KRA returns on behalf of someone else? Yes. The iTax platform allows for authorized agents to file returns on behalf of others.
  5. Is it necessary for individuals living with disabilities to file KRA returns even if they are exempted? Yes. Even though individuals with disabilities are exempted from paying taxes up to Kshs 150,000, they are still required to file their tax returns.

 

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