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Steps On How To File KRA Returns If Not Employed

How To File KRA Returns If Not Employed

Filing KRA returns is not only for those who are employed. Students especially those at the university/ colleges and unemployed citizens with no active source of income are required to file KRA Nil returns every year before 30th June.

Failure to file KRA Nil returns before 30th June will accrue a penalty of Ksh 2,000. Don‘t wait until the last minute. File your returns today.

In this comprehensive quide all show you step by step how to file KRA Nil returns for students/unemployed kenyans on the KRA itax portal.

But first thing first. Do you have a KRA pin and password? If you have one then proceed to the next sections otherwise click on the link where I show you how to register for a new KRA pin on the KRA iTax portal.

If you are new to this thing I guess your wondering again what is KRA iTax portal?

How to file Tax returns for unemployed/students (Guide)

The steps of filing nil returns have been provided below:

  1. Go to
  2. Login with username and Password
  3. Go to Returns Page
  4. Click File Nill Returns
  5. Select Income Tax Resident
  6. Enter Returns Period
  7. Click Submit
  8. Download Your Receipt
  9. Details available in the next step

 Step 1: Register with itax portal

Steps On How To File KRA Returns If Not Employed
Kra login page

Type  and you be directed  to the KRA portal where you will enter your KRA Pin or USER ID.  Enter and log in  with your iTax password. If you have forgotten your password, retrieve  one  using „ FORGOT PASSWORD‟ option on the  bottom right of the iTax  portal page.

Step 2: On itax portal go to returns

After Login. You will be directed to a page that has a red top menu as  shown below.

Steps On How To File KRA Returns If Not Employed
Kra Returns Page

Place your cursor (mouse pointer) on the ‘RETURNS” page and a drop down menu will appear.

Below the drop-down menu, you will see “FILE  NILL RETURNS.” For the unemployed that is where you are supposed to click and you will be directed to a page that looks like the one below.

Steps On How To File KRA Returns If Not Employed
Filing Returns Page photo

Fill by entering:

  • Tax obligation: Income Tax-Resident Individual

The click Next and you be directed a page like this below

Steps On How To File KRA Returns If Not Employed

Fill by entering:

  • Wife Pin: (Leave blank if you don’t have one  filing returns)
  • Return Period: 01/01/2018
  • Return Period: 31/12/2018 (this section will fill itself automatically once you click the small calendar on the right)

Click Submit.  On successful submission, the message below will be displayed:

Steps On How To File KRA Returns If Not Employed
Success returns message photo

Click download Returns Receipt to download. You are done after downloading.

KRA iTax is a system that allows you to register for a PIN, file your tax returns, apply for a tax compliance certificate, generate a payment slip, check your ledger account among others.

That’s it, nothing more. The process of filing nil returns on iTax portal is as simple as that. For any clarification, feel free to leave a comment down below.

If you followed this post well then there is no need to visit a KRA office, Huduma center, or a cyber. You should be able to file your returns like a pro.

Tip: Do you know you can file your KRA Nil returns with your mobile phone? To do that, simply download the KRA iTax Mobile App on google play store and follow the procedure.

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