KRA Nil Returns

In this blog post, I am going to show you How To File KRA Nil Returns On iTax online today quickly and easily with a full illustration on the steps.

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.

If you are in employment, you need to file KRA Returns using your P9 Form. You can read the step by step guide by clicking the link below:

>>> How to File KRA Returns using P9 Form <<<

If you are not in employment, then you can proceed to file Nil Returns as outlined in the step by step guide in this blog post. 

How To File KRA Nil Returns

It is important that if you have an active KRA PIN on iTax, you should ensure that you file your KRA Returns each and every year between 1st January to 30th June. This dates are very important to note down is you want to part of the tax compliant Kenyans.


The Tax Procedures Act states that if a return is not submitted by the respective due date a penalty will be imposed.


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

NOTE 1: If you don’t remember (forgotten) your KRA PIN and would like to retrieve it today, you can order the KRA PIN Retrieval service on our Cyber.co.ke portal at: KRA PIN Retrieval.


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If you know your KRA PIN number but you don’t know your iTax password you can request for password reset on the iTax portal. A new password will be sent to your registered email address (unless you dont know you email address: Gmail, Yahoo or Outlook). 

At times many people can’t access their email or have forgotten the password to their email. You can request for KRA Change of email address on our Cyber.co.ke portal at: Link My PIN To A Preferred Email Address.


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For you to file both KRA Income Tax Returns and KRA Nil Returns on the iTax Portal, your KRA PIN Number MUST be on iTax. In this case, meaning that you can input your KRA PIN and Password and log into your iTax iPage account.

If you have a KRA PIN that is not yet migrated/updated to iTax, you can place your order for KRA PIN Update service on our Cyber.co.ke portal at: KRA PIN Update.


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Now that you have ensured that you have everything ready with you we can start the process of filing KRA Nil Returns. These are the returns for the year ended 31st December 2018. Assuming that now you have everything with you i.e your KRA PIN number and iTax Password, we can start the process of How To File KRA Nil Returns on iTax. 

Step by Step Guide on How to File KRA Nil Returns

Step 1: KRA iTax Portal

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Using your KRA PIN number and iTax Password, Log into your iTax account at https://itax.kra.go.ke/KRA-Portal

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

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

Step 4: Nil e-Return

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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

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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

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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. 

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.

What You Need To Know About Filing Nil Returns

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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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