KRA announces new extended working hours

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 28 May, 2024 09:40 | 3 mins read
Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Headquarters. PHOTO/Dennis Onsongo
Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Headquarters. PHOTO/Dennis Onsongo.

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has announced the extension of working works to help Kenyans file their returns.

In a notice printed in MyGov publication on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, the taxman indicated that the extension will run from June 3, 2024, to June 30, 2024.

KRA pointed out that the working hours in its service centres will be between 7.00 a.m. to 7.00 pm. The same would also apply to select Huduma Centres across the country.

Centers where extension will apply

The centres include Nairobi GPO, City Square, Kibra, Makadara and Eastleigh. In Mombasa, the main office will remain open during this period while in the South Rift Region, Nakuru has been designated as the main point of operation.

Humphrey Wattanga Commissioner General, Kenya Revenue Authority.
Humphrey Wattanga Commissioner General, Kenya Revenue Authority. PHOTO/@KRACorporate/X.

In North Rift, KRA noted that Eldoret offices will uphold the working hours extension order and in the Northern region, Meru and Embu offices will remain open for longer hours.

Kiambu, Laikipia and Nyeri offices will also remain open to allow citizens to file their returns before the deadline. In the Western region, Kisumu, Kakamega and Kisii offices will also be opened for longer hours to allow citizens to get necessary assistance in fulfilling their tax obligations.

During the weekend, KRA announced that their service centres will remain open between 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.

In other Huduma Centres, all its staff will also help concerned citizens work to meet the deadline for filing their returns.

"Remember to file your return on or before June 30, 2024. Log onto itax.kra.go.ke today," KRA announced.

Why extension?

President William Ruto when he filed his tax returns at KRA headquarters on Friday, May 26, 2023. PHOTO/ @WilliamsRuto/X

The extension is aimed at avoiding a last-minute rush by most Kenyans to file their returns to avoid penalties. The rush sometimes leads to huge traffic on the KRA portal compelling some taxpayers to miss the deadline.

However, KRA has now adopted new measures to avoid last minute rush. The new measures include reminding taxpayers through short messages, email and even through public advertisement.

Pre-filed tax

To make the process move seamlessly, KRA announced new dates for the implementation of pre-filled value-added tax (VAT) returns. The taxman stated that the new policy would be implemented from February 2024 and not January 2024.

Initially, KRA had announced that the VAT return would be pre-filled with tax information available to them with effect from the January 2024 tax period.

However, in a new directive, the taxman says the VAT return will now be pre-filled with tax information available to KRA with effect from the February 2024 tax period.

"Kindly note that the VAT return will now be pre-filled with tax information available to KRA with effect from the February 2024 tax period and not the January 2024 tax period as earlier communicated," KRA stated.

"In this regard, we remind all Taxpayers of their obligation to issue electronic tax invoices and transmit the invoice details to KRA."

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