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How to get your refund from Kenya Revenue Authority


By June 30th, Kenyans should have filed their tax returns as per section 52B of the Income tax cap 470 in the Kenya tax laws. Kenya Revenue Authority manager Walter Omata in charge of Agriculture and Real Estate Sector East and South of Nairobi explained that persons who have done overpayments with KRA need to provide evidence in order to get a refund.

“When a person launches a complaint about an overpayment, we will ask for evidence of the payments that have been done.” He said on Spice FM, adding that a refund is done within 30 days.

Omata said that KRA gives Kenyans six-month grace period to avoid last minute rush.

“You don’t need to wait for June 30, everyone is trying to file returns. KRA has been reminding people to file returns through social media platforms. We sent the info to Kenyans but it depends on their perception,” he said.

The law requires Kenyans to obtain KRA pins after the age of 18 years after which, individuals who own KRA pin must file returns whether they have an income or not.  If you do not have any income you do not pay any taxes. You file a nil return,” he said.

Omata encouraged people who are not able to file returns to visit KRA offices or Huduma centres.

“We need to be careful. If someone is having difficulty is advised to go to KRA offices or Huduma centre because KRA has officers whose job is to assist in filing returns.

According to Omata, KRA has a voluntary disclosure programme window which allows Kenyans to declare income they had not proclaimed.

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