KRA To Deregister Kenyans who Fail to File their returns

Kenyans who fail to file their tax returns before the June 30 deadline are at risk of losing their Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) anchors.

In a new announcement published on Monday, the taxman said people who failed to file their tax returns without showing any reason would lose their pins after the 30-day window closed.

“Failure to submit tax returns, unless the contrary is indicated, the Home Tax Commissioner will be registered with their personal identification number (PIN) and cancel the KRA system,” reads part of the notice.

On its website, the tax collection agency has listed 62,727 anchors aimed at deregistering in the next one month.

The list of anchors set for cancellation is linked to an estimated 7,107 balance accounts, most of which consist of companies, schools and self-help groups.

The removal of targeted registrations and the cancellation of deputies is part of KRA’s move to enforce tax returns as provided for by the 2015, Tax Procedures Act.

“Taxpayers are also encouraged to apply this voluntary tax deduction scheme and apply for, disclose and pay off their outstanding debt with interest and penalties,” the KRA added.

The loss of KRA pins is expected to have serious consequences as ID numbers are a requirement for processes such as opening bank accounts, job applications and even land registration.

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