Teachers risk missing July pay over KRA returns
Teachers under the teacher’s service commission, TSC, who will fail to file their KRA returns by 30th June will risk missing their salaries since KRA has raised its penalty for failing to file returns.
KRA had earlier on announced that Kenyans who fail to file their tax returns by the 30th June deadline will risk losing their KRA pin number. Teachers pay is subjected to taxation, which is only possible with a KRA pin.
“If the KRA pin numbers are revoked, payment won’t be effected for non-payment of tax,” explained a Garissa based KRA officer.
The officer stressed that KRA published a new notice saying persons who have failed to file their respective tax returns without showing cause will lose their pin numbers after the lapse of the 30 day window period.
“Failure to file returns, unless cause is shown to the contrary, the commission of domestic taxes will have their pin deregistered and cancelled from the KRA system,” read part of the KRA notice.
In the KRA website, KRA listed 67727 pins intended for deregistration next month. The website further shows that teachers and other employed persons should file their tax returns using their P9 forms.
The list set for cancellation is linked to an estimated 7107 groups, individual accounts with balance, companies, schools and self-help groups.
The intended deregistration and cancelation of the pins is part of KRA’s move to enforce tax returns compliance as provided in the 2015 tax procedure act. In this respect, KRA has asked tax payers to take advantage of the ongoing voluntary tax disclosure programme to rationalize outstanding tax payments and meet the filling requirements.
“ The tax payers are also encouraged to ta take advantage of the VTDP and apply, disclose and pay their outstanding liability with relief on interest and penalties,” read the notice. next.