How to File Nil Returns on iTax

A Nil Return is filed to show the KRA Income Tax Department that you either have no source of income (i.e. you aren’t employed) or you fall below the taxable income (i.e. you earn less than KES. 24,000), and therefore you didn’t pay taxes during the year.
Published on Apr 20, 2022 by CalebCategory How Tos

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How to File Nil Returns on iTax

Requirements

  • KRA PIN (If you’ve lost your KRA PIN Certificate which contains your PIN), click here to learn how to retrieve it.)
  • iTax Password (If you’ve forgotten your iTax password, click here to learn how to reset it.)

Procedure

  1. Go to your browser, search iTax then click on the KRA iTax Portal to open,
  2. enter your KRA PIN,
  3. click Continue,
  4. enter your iTax Password,
  5. enter the answer to the simple arithmentic operation as the Security Stamp, then
  6. click Login.
  7. On the home page, from the top menu, move your mouse to Returns,
  8. on the drop-down menu under Returns, click on File Nil Return.
  9. On the Nil e-Return page, your Type and Taxpayer PIN are auto-populated. Select your Tax Obligation as Income Tax - Resident Individual and click Next.
  10. Confirm that the Return Period From and Return Period To is 01/01/PrevYear and 31/12/PrevYear. If you registered for your KRA PIN the previous year, your Return Period From and Return Period To should be Certificate Date (check top right side of your KRA PIN Certificate) and 31/12/PreviousYear. If you’ve never filed your returns before, or you forgot to file last year, or last two or three years check the Note section below.
  11. Click Submit, then once the process is successful,
  12. download the Acknowledgment Receipt by clicking the link where directed on the approval page.

A copy of your e-Return Acknowledgment Receipt is also sent to your email address.

Note

  • Everyone in Kenya with a valid KRA PIN MUST declare their income before 30th June of the following year i.e. you must file your returns for the year e.g. 2019 on or before 30th June, 2020 from 1st January, 2020.
  • The penalty for late filing for individuals is 5% of the tax due or KES. 2,000 (whichever is higher). The late payment penalty is 5% of the tax due and also late payment attracts an interest of 1% per month.
  • If you’ve never filed your returns on iTax, you’ll have to file your returns from the year 2015. If you didn’t file your last year’s returns (or the last two or three years) you’ll have to file your returns from the year you didn’t file your returns to last year. Details of penalties for not filing your returns will be sent to your email address.
  • Filing your returns is one of the factors that makes you tax compliant, which means you can easily apply for and download your Tax Compliance Certificate (TCC).
  • You may visit your nearest KRA Office or Huduma Centre to be helped with filing your nil returns by the KRA officers for free, or

Contact teQniQal Stationers & Printers Ltd. for Paid Assistance

Call/SMS/WhatsApp us through +254748836850 to be assisted to file your nil returns at a cost of KES. 100 (Lipa na M-PESA Till No.: 840376). We’ll be happy to help.

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