NAIROBI, Kenya — The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has published a new notice warning that Kenyans who fail to file their tax returns risk losing their pins.
The notice says those who have already failed to file their respective tax returns without showing cause will lose their pins after 30 days elapse.
The notice read in part, “Failure to file returns, unless cause is shown to the contrary, the Commissioner of Domestic Taxes shall have their personal identification numbers (PINs) de-registered and cancelled from the KRA system.”
KRA is targeting to deregister 62, 727 pins by the end of June. According to the taxman, the targeted pins are linked to an estimated 7,107 individual accounts and the remaining ones belong to companies, schools and self-help groups.
KRA’s move to deregister pins is aimed at enforcing tax returns compliance.
The agency has asked taxpayers to take advantage of its ongoing Tax Voluntary Disclosure Program in order to reduce their outstanding payments and avoid penalties.
“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.” It said
Kenyans who will lose their pins are expected to miss out on essential services such as opening bank accounts, land registrations, job applications etc. since the pin is required in all these processes.
Filing of income tax returns for 2020 is ongoing and will end on June 30, 2021.
KRA is an agency of the Government of Kenya that is responsible for the assessment, collection and accounting for all revenues that are due to government, in accordance with the laws of Kenya