The Star (Kenya) : 2020-09-11

NEWS BUSINESS : 13 : 13

NEWS BUSINESS

13 Friday-sunday, September 11-13, 2020 THE-STAR.CO.KE NEWS BUSINESS INNOVATION You can now access various tax services from your mobile phone after the Kenya Revenue Authority introduced a mobile applicatio­n to simplify the process. The KRA M-service App enables taxpayers to access various services offered by the authority such as taxpayer registrati­on and verificati­on, filing of returns and payment of tax.kra said the system will widen taxpayer reach, increase revenue collection and enhance tax compliance by making tax payment process more convenient. It will also reduce the cost of compliance by removing intermedia­ries. Through the app, taxpayers are now able to easily register, pay and file tax returns for Monthly Rental Income (MRI) and for Turnover Tax (TOT) obligation­s. Kenyans and foreigners can also register for Personal Identifica­tion Number (PIN), as well as perform checks on PIN, Payment Registrati­on Number (PRN), Tax Compliance Certificat­e (TCC) and confirm identity of KRA staff. Further, KRA M-service App allows taxpayers to file nil tax returns for Income Tax-resident and Non-resident, Income Tax Partnershi­p and Income Tax-company, Value Added Tax (VAT), Pay as You Earn (PAYE), Excise tax and Monthly Rental Income (MRI). To access and use the app, taxpayers with smart mobile phones should download and install the app from Google Play Store. Users with no PIN will be required to first register while those already with PINS can register on the app then login in and choose the particular services they require. Approximat­ely 37,000 taxpayers have so far downloaded the App. SUSAN NYAWIRA / KRA introduces mobile platform for tax filings compliance App expected ease processes, enhance operations