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KRA Loves Position for Sleeping Taxpayers –


The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has relaxed its stance on sleeping taxpayers, a day after it announced it would seek out Identity Identification Numbers (PIN) for people who failed to return files.

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In a notice published in Monday’s newsletter, the taxpayer issued a 30-day decision for all persons eligible to waive Value Added Tax plus income tax to submit their income or lose their PIN.

However, Kenyans questioned the manifesto, which seemed to fight the sleeping taxpayers, especially given the sharp choice of words used in the notice.

The KRA therefore canceled Monday’s manifesto and issued a new one on Tuesday, this time being signed by the commissioner for local tariffs instead of the commissioner for legal coordination with the board.

Read: KRA Threatens To Deregister Kenyan Pin Deals Failing to Return Files

In the first notice, the PINs will be deleted without notice, while in the second the internal tax commissioner will notify those affected.

“Please be advised that the Commissioner will notify the affected taxpayers of any intention to cancel / cancel their registration through their registered iTax email addresses. Where a person is registered, the cancellation of a person’s registration will commence from the date specified in the notice of cancellation. Despite the deregistration, the person will be held accountable for any act committed or omitted while he or she was registered, ”the KRA said.

KRA Notice

The KRA encouraged the affected people to take advantage of its voluntary tax volunteer program (VTDP) in order to streamline better tax payments and meet the requirements for filing.

“Taxpayers are also encouraged to take advantage of the Voluntary Disclosure Plan to disclose tax liabilities that were previously not disclosed to the Commissioner for the purpose of exemption from penalties and interest on disclosed taxes,” the statement added.

A KRA PIN certificate is mandatory in opening a bank account, job application, and even land registration.

January 1, 2021, marked the beginning of the tax filing season for the revenue year 2020. The deadline for filing a refund is June 30, 2021.

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