Are you an employee and wondering how to file your returns for the previous year?
Every year the government requires you to file your returns for the previous year, failure to which a penalty of Ksh 20,000 is levied upon.
Filing returns is mandatory as long as you have a KRA pin number. If you have no income and have no returns to file, KRA has made a provision for you to File Nil returns.
But if you are employed here’s how to file your employee tax returns;
- Request your p9 form from your employer. This is a form that contains a breakdown of your salary, benefits, allowances, tax relief, total income tax paid among other items necessary for filing of returns.
- Go to the itax portal
- Login by entering your pin, password and the security stamp question
- Click on the Returns menu
- Select File Return
- Select Tax obligation and click next
- Click on the excel sheet link to download the return form
- Activate the macro settings in your excel sheet.To activate the macro settings; go to file-options–trust center
- Click trust center settings
- Click macro settings and click on enable all macros
- Restart the excel file to capture the new settings
- Go to sheet A and enter your KRA pin number
- Enter the type of return i.e. original or amended.If you are filing for the first time in that year select original or if you are making changes to a return that has already been filed select amended.
- Enter return period from and return period to i.e the return period is 1/01/2020 and return period is 31/12/2020
- If you have other benefits or relief relating to employment income like a car, mortgage, home ownership saving plan, insurance relief or exemption certificate for those living with disability, select yes against what is applicable to you under the basic information section sheet A
- The relevant sheet will open depending on what you selected as Yes. You will be required to fill the sheets as per the supporting evidence you have.
- Go to sheet f labeled employment income and enter your employer details
- Enter your Gross pay and other benefits as per the p9 form