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Taxpayers to pay taxes online

26 February 2013, 13:10 Wangui Joseph

All taxpayers are required to have joined internet e-tax payment system by June this year as government will be approaching end of current financial year, a Kenya Revenue Authority officer in Nyeri has said.

Fanuel Koome, KRA Business Project developer said the new package is expected to benefit all tax payers and is aimed at r -engineering tax collection in the country.

'Swift, simple and secure

E-tax was launched last week and taxpayers will be capable to make their returns online within the shortest time possible and reduce queuing at the regional offices.

During a press briefing at KRA offices Nyeri on Monday, Koome termed the new system as ‘swift, simple and secure’ saying it will deal with domestic taxes only.

“It is well enabled to register taxpayers, file, pay and make status inquiries online with real time monitoring accounts,” said Koome.

E-tax will also get rid of the past challenges faced by taxpayers in complying with tax regulations by facilitating convenient inquisition of their records.

According to the officer, the authority plans to launch other initiatives like mobile payments and internet banking.

He announced that only four banks have engaged with the system so far, but they are still recruiting more banks.

Avoid cyber cafés

Koome however discouraged taxpayers from registering or acquiring pins through cyber cafés saying they are using one email address to register all clients which will later lead to confusion.

He revealed that KRA will license intermediaries and tax agents like ICPAK and LSK to transact duties such as issuing of PIN numbers to customers.

The officer conversely said e-tax is only available to new taxpayers but the existing ones have to update their details to correspond with the new integrated system regulations.

In September 2007, KRA began implementing Integrated Tax Management System (ITMS) but re-branding was undertaken in October 2012.

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