1.6 million taxpayers now on KRA online tax payment system

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About 200,000 TAXPAYERS sign up on KRA’s online tax filing system iTax in May 2015, bringing the total number of users to 1.6 million.

In May 2015 alone, 200,000 taxpayers signed up with the iTax system, bringing the total to 1.6 million, a development aimed at boosting the taxman’s efforts in collecting tax and tracking down the non-complying cases.

According to KRA Commissioner-General John Njiraini, the taxman is using data from iTax to design and implement effective compliance strategies for tax payment.

“The authority is leveraging on the iTax system to improve client service and promote voluntary compliance,” Mr Njiraini said.

The iTax system was launched in October 2013 in a bid to increase efficiency and ensure better compliance with tax laws.

It accords taxpayers the leeway of filing returns from any location with internet connection, without having to physically to the taxman’s premises to pay up or make returns.

Taxpayers are now required to start filing their individual income tax returns using the iTax system starting today in time for the June 30, 2015 deadline.
Source: Daily Nation 24 June 2015