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Kenya Revenue Authority has launched a mobile phone application that enables taxpayers to access various services, among them taxpayer registration and verification, filing of returns and payment of tax.
In a statement, the Authority says the app, dubbed KRA M-Service, is aimed at making tax transactions and compliance easier, as well as reduce the cost of compliance by removing intermediaries. Additionally, the system is expected to widen taxpayer reach, increase revenue collection, and enhance tax compliance by making tax payment process more convenient.
Through the App, taxpayers can register, pay and file tax returns for Monthly Rental Income (MRI) and for Turnover Tax (TOT) obligations. They can also 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 tax returns for the following taxes; 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). Taxpayers will equally have an opportunity to validate KRA employees by checking their identification using the M-Service ‘Jua for Sure’ option hence avoid dealing with imposters and fraudsters.
KRA M-Service App will expand the tax base by onboarding the informal sector players who cannot use computers. The introduction of mobile application KRA M-Service also enhances remote operations while addressing the informal and micro-enterprise sector through e-commerce and m-commerce transactions.
The app is available for download to taxpayers with smart mobile phones from the Google Play Store. Users with no PIN will be required to first register while those already with PINs can register on the app then login in and choose the particular services they require. Approximately 37,000 taxpayers have so far downloaded the App for use in accessing various tax services.