By Etaarifa Contributor
Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has registered 200,000 users in the month of May 2015 on the iTax system, bringing the total number of users to 1.6 million; increasing at a rate of approximately 60,000 taxpayers per month.
KRA Commissioner General, John Njiraini said the authority is using data from iTax to design and implement effective tax compliance strategies.
“The Authority is leveraging on the iTax system to improve client service and promote voluntary compliance,” said Njiraini.
KRA has been conducting hands on trainings and sensitization programmes through tax education programmes that are being run countrywide to support taxpayers register on iTax.
The taxman has also partnered with appointed licensed and trained intermediary agents who assist taxpayers register and file their returns through the iTax system.
The Commissioner General is urging Kenyan to commence filing their Individual Income tax return today so as to beat the 30th June 2015 deadline. However, for taxpayers who might experience challenges in accessing online services to file their returns, KRA will accept manual returns.
“KRA has a dedicated team on standby that will be accessible to offer assistance to those who are likely to experience challenges in filing their return,” said Njraini.
The Authority has set up six iTax Support Centres and has presence in 16 Huduma Centres across the country which handle iTax related queries.
The iTax System, which provides an integrated view of a taxpayer, was rolled out in October 2013 in an effort to increase efficiency and ensure better compliance with tax laws. iTax System gives taxpayers the luxury of filing returns from the comfort of their homes or offices at any hour of day or night.
KRA hopes to leverage on the platform to expand its tax net so as to meet its collection targets. In the coming 2015-2016 financial year, the taxman is expected to raise at least Kshs.1.38 trillion towards funding of Kenya’s biggest budget yet of Kshs.2.17 trillion.