Kenya Revenue Authority(KRA) is heightening it’s tax collection and compliance techniques with the latest move to collaborate with Safaricom through Mpesa.
Taxpayers will now start accessing KRA services via a mobile phone App in the race to bring more people into the tax bracket and curb evasion.
The taxman says it’s M-Service App will allow taxpayers to access services such as registration and verification, filing of returns and payment of tax, in a move meant to boost collections.
Taxpayers have been accessing KRA services through iTax, an online filing system that has been in operation since 2013.
“The system will widen taxpayer reach, increase revenue collection and enhance tax compliance by making tax payment process more convenient,” said KRA Commissioner for Domestic Taxes Elizabeth Meyo. “It will also cut the cost of compliance by removing intermediaries.”
The new platform now makes it possible for taxpayers to register, pay and file tax returns for monthly rental income (MRI) and for turnover tax (TOT) obligations.
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Taxpayers are also able to register for personal identification number (PIN), both Kenyan and alien citizenship as well as perform checks on PIN, payment registration number (PRN), tax compliance certificate (TCC) and confirm identity of KRA staff.
Further, KRA M-Service App allows taxpayers to file nil returns for the following sections; income tax-resident and non-resident, income tax partnership and income tax-company, value added tax (VAT), pay as you earn (PAYE), excise tax and monthly rental income (MRI) among other services.
“KRA M-Service App will expand the tax base by on boarding the informal sector players who cannot use computers,” she said.