KRA targets 100,000 taxpayers in ongoing iTax training programme
Kenya Revenue Authority will this coming weekend train taxpayers on how to file their annual returns on iTax in a campaign that began two weeks ago. The authority targets among other places churches, businesses and shopping centres.
Being the third weekend, the authority will set up at Prestige Plaza along Ngong road on Saturday and Junction mall along Ngong road on Sunday. The programme aims to encourage Kenyans to to file their returns with ease ahead of June 30th deadline.
KRA has already launched training programme in Nairobi targeting busy shopping Malls including Sarit Centre, Thika Road Mall, Greenspan Mall, Prestige Plaza, Junction Mall, Nakumatt Lifestyle and T-Mall.
Besides encouraging digital files in the revenue Authority, KRA hopes to initiate the use of iTax henceforth owing to its convenience, efficiency and its user friendly state through the exposure provided to the system. Members of the public can also receive iTax support through KRA’s service Centres and also file returns at all Huduma Centres across the country where one can seek assistance and direction wherever they face challenges.
The iTax System is a web based application that gives taxpayers the luxury of filing returns from the comfort of their homes or offices at any hour of day or night. The current system allows taxpayers to file returns for Pay As You Earn (PAYE), Value Added Tax (VAT), Individual annual Income Tax Return (IT1), and agency revenue that includes Sugar Development Levy and Kenya Bureau of Standards.
The iTax System has several in-built security features, among them one which requires taxpayers to provide an e-mail address that is unique for every PIN registered. The threshold for the creation of a password has also been strengthened and the taxpayers are at liberty to determine the strength of their passwords. A security question that authenticates the rightful user on issuance of a new password has also been introduced. The security stamp provided upon log in will prevent phishing programs that may attempt to hack into the taxpayers’ data, an effort that will ensure that personal and professional data of users is protected.
The fourth weekend which is the last training session according to schedule will be held at Nakumatt Lifestyle, Nairobi CBD on the 26th June and T-Mall Madaraka on the 28th June.