How To File KRA Nil Returns

KRA Nil Returns applies to those who do not have a source of income sometimes referred to as the unemployed.

Kindly note that every Kenyan, who has a valid KRA PIN is required to declare their annual income every year before 30th June of the following year. If not employed and do not have an alternative source of income i.e Rental, Business or Consultancy income you file nil returns. 

If you have a KRA PIN, the law states that you should file a return. If you have no income file a nil return. Failure to do so as indicated in the Tax Procedures Act leads to penalties.

Please be informed that the penalty is now Kshs. 2,000 for late filing of individual returns. This is stipulated in the 2018 Finance Act.

How To File KRA Nil Returns


Requirements For Filing KRA Nil Returns

Before we get started on the various steps, you need to ensure that you have the following two items with you:

  • Your KRA PIN Number
  • Your iTax Password

Step by Step Guide on How to File KRA Nil Returns

Step 1: KRA iTax Portal

how to file kra nil returns

Using your KRA PIN number and iTax Password, Log into your iTax account at

Step 2: iTax iPage

how to file kra nil returns

Once you have successfully logged into your iTax account (iPage) you should see the following as shown above. In you iTax account you can do a variety of tasks online. Our main focus for this blog post will be on KRA Returns.

Step 3: File Nil Return

how to file kra nil returns

On your iTax account top panel menu, Click on Returns and then File Nil Return.

Step 4: Nil e-Return

how to file kra nil returns

In the type  section, select Self. It will populate your KRA PIN Number and in the Tax Obligation – Income Tax Resident. Click Next to proceed.

Step 5:Income Tax – Resident Individual Nil e-Return Form

how to file kra nil returns

In this part, you select the return period. Since we are filing KRA Nil Returns for the previous year 2018, our return period will start from 01/01/2018 to 31/12/2018. The return period to automatically autofills by itself. Click on the submit button to proceed.

Step 6: Return Receipt

how to file kra nil returns

Upon successful submission of your KRA Nil Returns, a return receipt will be generated with an acknowledgement number. Download the returns receipt and print a copy of it.


Step 7: e-Return Acknowledgement Receipt

how to file kra nil returns

The last and final step will involve printing the KRA e-Return Acknowledgement Receipt that you downloaded. This is a final indication that you have successfully filed the KRA Nil Returns for the year 2018.

And there are the 7 core and important steps on How To File KRA Nil Returns on iTax. Share with all your family, friends and relatives. Tell a friend to tell a friend to file KRA Nil Returns early this year before 30th June 2019.

Remember the earlier you start filing your KRA Nil Returns the better. Avoid last minute rush that will lead to a penalty of Kshs. 2,000/= for not filing your KRA Nil Returns. There are no extensions for that period.

What You Need To Know About Filing Nil Returns

kra nil returns procedure

Are you unemployed but have a PIN?

If yes, remember all PIN holders must file returns even when you have No source of income.

Do you need to visit a KRA office once you file online?

No, you do not: once you file your returns you will receive an acknowledgement receipt in your email. You can download a copy from your online profile.

Do you need to file your returns if you registered for a KRA PIN this year?

Your Individual Income Tax Returns are due immediately after the end of each year i.e. 31st December.

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