Going by the popular phrase, ‘Give unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar’, so does the Kenyan taxman recurrently demand for his dues by June 30th of each year.
These dues are usually accrued income tax returns for the previous year applicable to all resident & non resident individuals, partnerships and companies.
Despite the reasonable time-frame accorded to taxpayers by KRA, majority of kenyans usually prefer to file kra returns at the very last minute thereby risking penalties upon lapse of the due date.
However, the eleventh-hour rush may at times be unintentional largely due to the lack of proper knowledge when it comes to filing of KRA returns.
If you are among the many Kenyans who are unsure of how to file KRA returns 2022 online, follow this simple guide.
How To File Kra Returns 2022 Online With P9 Form
A P9 form is basically an official document containing detailed calculations of deductions implemented by the employer within a particular periodic calendar yearly usually from Jan 1st – Dec 31st
The P9 form contains six major sections that are crucial in filling KRA returns. These sections include; basic salary, taxable salary, payable tax on salary, PAYE, pension and personal relief.
How To Get P9 Form Online
Depending on one’s employer i.e public service or private sector, the P9 form can be obtained through various channels below
- GHRIS Portal – this portal serves ministries & state departments, uniformed services, state corporations, counties, constitutional commissions and 3rd party organizations.
- TSC Portal – this portal serves teachers.
- Private companies – P9 issued by employers.
Once you have access to your P9 form, you can proceed to file kra returns online 2022 using either of the two available methods which include;
a) Excel/ODS method
b) itax ITR menu
a) How To File Kra Tax Returns 2022 Online Using Excel.
This is one of the advanced methods to file Kra tax returns 2021 and it involves downloading of an excel template that is used for inputting the various figures obtained from the P9 form into their relevant sections.
To download the excel file,
- Login to your itax portal
- Click on the returns menu
- Select ‘File return’
- Choose ‘Income tax-resident individual’
- Click ‘Next’
- Download the excel/DOS template
Once the excel has been downloaded, proceed and fill in SECTION A (Parts 1 & 2) with your particulars and exclude parts 3-5.
From there, the only other relevant sections in the excel template will be SECTIONS F, M and T.
To begin filling in the figures from the P9 form into the excel template, you must first identify the key related sections from both the files.
If you are unsure, do not worry. We have provided a summary below in regards to the same.
Key Related Sections In P9 Vs Excel
|Column A -basic salary||Section F- self|
|Column H -taxable salary||Section M -self|
|Column J -tax payable on salary||Section M -self|
|Column L -PAYE||Section M -self|
|Column G -Pension||Section T -tax computation|
|Column K -personal relief||Section T -tax computation|
With the above in mind, you can now proceed to file Kra returns 2022.
Below is a representation of both files illustrating the relationship between the relevant sections to be filled.
b) How To File Kra Tax Returns 2022 Online Using itax ITR Menu
This is the simplest way to file Kra returns 2022 online without having to download the excel/DOS template. To file using this menu,
Once logged in to your account, navigate to the ‘Returns’ menu and select ‘ITR For Employment income only’
Enter the return period for the returns to be filed and select ‘Yes’ to agree that you have employment income.
On section A parts 1&2, fill in the required fields with your particulars.
On sections F and M, you only need to ensure that the figures correspond with those on the P9 form.
On section T, you are required to manually fill in the pension and personal relief fields with the figures from the P9 form.