Revenue house KRA Issues Warning Notice to Kenyans who Fail to File Tax Returns

by Helvine Achieng
May 4, 2021

In a public notice published in the dailies, Kenyan taxpayers who fail to file their tax returns before the June 30 deadline will lose their Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) pins. The Revenue board stated that they would deregister Personal Identifications Numbers (PINs) of taxpayers who fail to file their individual tax returns without showing cause after the lapse of a 30-day window.

"Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) would like to notify the public that taxpayers who are registered under the Value Added Tax (VAT) Act, 2013, and the Income Tax Act, CAP 470 Laws of Kenya are required to file their returns under the respective laws.

"Failure to file tax returns, unless the cause is shown to the contrary, the commissioner of the Domestic Taxes shall have their Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) deregistered and cancelled from the KRA system at the expiration of thirty (30) days from the date of this notice," the notice reads in part.

"Taxpayers are also encouraged to take advantage of the Voluntary Tax Disclosure Program and apply, disclose and pay their outstanding liability with a relief on interest and penalties," added KRA.

The deregistration and cancellation of the pins are part of KRA's move to enforce tax returns compliance and raise the country's revenue to cover this financial year's budget deficit.