The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has dismissed claims that filing of tax returns had been abolished.
KRA released a statement on Monday to dismiss claims made by an online article titled ‘KRA Abolishes Keying in of PAYE Tax Returns’ which according to the taxman, had been put out of context thus misleading Kenyans.
According to the statement, the online article completely took out of context the communication by the authority which had been issued last week with regards to the enhanced function on iTax which allows taxpayers with employment income as the only source of income to file their tax returns using the auto-populated function.
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“With reference to the statement released by KRA, last week iTax has been enhanced to have an auto-populated return of employment income. This has made it much easier, smoother and faster for employees whose source of income is only through formal employment to file their returns,” read part of the statement meant to clarify the misinterpreted information to the public.
The taxman further notes that employees will only be required to input data on pension and annual relief adding that on receipt of the P9 certificates, the employees should simply proceed and file their returns accordingly.
“This does not in any way imply that filing of tax returns has been abolished. KRA, therefore, advises all taxpayers to disregard this miscommunication and in case of any assistance or clarification, to reach out to KRA through the available channels of communication,” KRA said.
Last week, KRA issued a statement reminding Kenyans to start early submission of their 2018 tax returns in order to avoid last minute rush.