The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has given employed people which include teachers till midnight to file tax returns.
KRA will close the online portal which allows the employed to file returns using their P9 forms by midnight today.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia on 10th February 2022 released a circular targeting tutors employed by the Commission as well as its secretariat staff.
Macharia through a circular No. 3/2022 addressed to TSC teachers and Secretariat staff directed all its employees to file their individual income tax returns for the year 2021 by end of June.
“All TSC employees are required to file their individual income tax returns for the year 2021 through the KRA online ITax platform https://itax.kra.go.ke/ by 30th June 2022 as required by Income Tax Act,” read part of a circular by Nancy Macharia.
She said teachers should use the P9 forms uploaded on the TSC T-Pay portal to facilitate filling of the returns.
A P9 form is a form containing total income received in a year which shows an employees basic salary, allowances and benefits, gross salary, pension contribution, PAYE charged and personal relief entitlement for a year.
TSC also sent bulk SMS to teachers reminding them of the same.
“Dear Mr Frank access your 2021 P9 form on the T-PAY portal and file your tax returns through the KRA online platform https://itax.kra.go.ke/. Deadline 30th June 2022,” read the SMS sent to teachers in February.
Failing to file KRA returns on time is detrimental to employees. The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) imposes penalty for those who fail to file returns on time.
The charges are pegged at KSh 2000 or 5% of the tax due, whichever is higher for individuals, while the penalty for Income Tax for Non-Individual is at KSh 2,000 or 5% of tax due, whichever is higher.
Last year KRA threatened to revoke KRA pins for all Kenyans who fail to file their tax returns before the June 30th deadline.
This move would see employees like teachers and civil servants, who failed to file returns, missing salaries as their KRA pins get blacklisted.
At the time KRA had listed on its website, 62,727 pins intended for de-registration after June 30th.
The tak collector had published notice earlier saying persons who fail to file their respective tax returns without showing cause will lose their pins after the lapse of a 30 day window.
“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,” read part the notice.
However KRA did not revoke the pins instead it penalized those who failed to file returns on time.
Teachers who have gone on retire have so many times revealed how it is frustrating to get cleared by KRA especially if you failed to file returns during the period of service at TSC.
“The small things which a teacher can ignore like filing KRA returns can have serious repercussions when one exits the service through retirement. I would anytime advise teachers to take the small things with seriousness,” advises Andrew Mwagala, a retired primary school teacher in Taita.
Teachers facing challenges she said can seek assisstance from TSC Accounts Division (PAYE section) or call 077208552 or email email@example.com
Teachers can also seek assistance in filing the returns from KRA service centres or call 0711099999 or email KRA through firstname.lastname@example.org