KRA Nil Returns

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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.

Do you have an active KRA PIN and you don’t have have a source of income (unemployed)? Check out our article on How To File KRA Nil Returns using iTax Portal quickly and easily today. Filing of KRA Nil Returns is allowed for taxpayers who do not have any source of income. When I talk of source of income, it means that the taxpayer does not have Business Income, Rental Income or Employment Income, thus the need to file KRA Nil Returns on iTax Portal. 

In this article, I am going to share with you the step by step guide that you need to follow in order to file your KRA Nil Returns using KRA iTax Portal. By the end of this article, you will have learnt How To File KRA Nil Returns if you you have a KRA PIN and not in employment. Avoid the last minute rush and penalties by filing your Nil KRA Returns before the 30th June 2022 deadline.

READ ALSO: How To File KRA Nil Returns Using KRA iTax Portal

Don’t wait for the last minute rush, file your KRA Nil Returns quickly and easily today if you don’t have any source of income. In this article, I am going to share with your the process of Filing Nil Returns on KRA iTax Portal in 2022. But before we go any further we need to understand what we mean by the term KRA Nil Returns. 

You need to take note and understand that any Kenyan with a KRA PIN is supposed to file his or her iTax Returns on or before the deadline. So, whether you are employed or unemployed, as long as you have a KRA PIN Number, filing KRA Returns is a must and failure to do so means that you will receive a penalty from Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

Any person who has an active KRA PIN Number and does not have any income is supposed to file his or her KRA Nil Returns between 1st January and 30th June of each year. So, you need to forget about the old notion that KRA Returns is for those who are employed, but rather any Kenyan with an active KRA PIN is supposed to be filing KRA Returns each year.

What Is KRA Nil Returns?

What Is KRA Nil Returns

KRA Nil Returns applies to those who do not have a source of income sometimes referred to as the unemployed. Source of income in sense that the taxpayer does not have income from Rental, Business or Employment. 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. This year 2022, taxpayers will be filing the KRA Nil Returns for 2021.

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 on How To File KRA Returns If Employed Using KRA P9 Form. 

If you are not in employment, then you can proceed to file KRA Nil Returns as outlined in the step by step guide in this blog post. This year 2022, we are filing the KRA Nil Returns for the year 2020. So the Return From and Return To Date will be 01/01/2021 – 31/12/2021 (KRA Nil Returns 2021).

How To File KRA Nil Returns In 2022

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 deadline this year for file KRA Nil Returns is 30th June 2022.

The Tax Procedures Act states that if a return is not submitted by the respective due date a penalty will be imposed. Avoid getting penalties from Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and file your KRA Nil Returns online today with ease and convenience. 

Requirements Needed For Filing KRA Nil Returns In 2022

To be able to file your KRA Nil Returns on iTax, you need to ensure that you have with you KRA PIN Number and KRA iTax Password. 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 KRA iTax Password

For you to able to file your KRA Nil Returns on KRA iTax Web Portal, you need to ensure that you have with you two key requirements i.e KRA PIN Number and KRA iTax Password. We are going to look at each of these KRA Nil Returns requirements in brief details below.

  • KRA PIN Number

KRA PIN Number is the most important requirement that you need to have with you. If by any chance you have forgotten or you don’t remember your KRA PIN, you can submit KRA PIN Retrieval order online here at Cyber.co.ke Portal and our team of experts will be able to assist with with PIN Retrieval request.

At the same time, if you are looking for a new KRA PIN, you can get it here in 3 minutes by submitting your KRA PIN Registration order today at Cyber.co.ke Portal. Your KRA PIN Certificate will be sent to your Email Address once the Request for PIN Registration has been done and processed from our Support team.

  • iTax Password

The next requirement that you need to have with you is your KRA iTax Password. You will need the iTax Password to access your KRA iTax Account. If you don’t know or have forgotten your iTax Password, you can check our article on How To Reset KRA iTax Password. Once you have requested for password reset, a new password will be emailed to you and you can use it to log into your iTax Account.

You can only change or reset your iTax Password if the email used in KRA iTax Portal is the same that you currently have. If you don’t remember or need to change your KRA Email Address, you can submit KRA PIN Change of Email Address order online at Cyber.co.ke Portal and have your Email Address changed so as to enable your Reset KRA 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). You can check out our articles on How To Reset KRA Password on iTax Portal

Now that you have ensured that you have everything ready with you we can start the process of filing KRA Nil Returns 2022. These are the returns for the year ended 31st December 2021. 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 In 2022

Step 1: Visit KRA iTax Portal 

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The first step in Filing KRA Nil REturns is by visiting the KRA Portal or simply iTax Portal. Using your KRA PIN number and iTax Password, Log into your iTax account at https://itax.kra.go.ke/KRA-Portal

Step 2: Log Into KRA iTax Dashboard

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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: Click On File KRA Nil Returns Tab 

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

Step 4: Select The KRA Nil Return Form

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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: Fill The 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 2021, our return period will start from 01/01/2021 to 31/12/2021. The return period to automatically autofills by itself. Click on the submit button to proceed.

Step 6: Download KRA Nil Returns Acknowledgement 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: Print KRA e-Return Acknowledgement Receipt

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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 2021.

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 2022

What You Need To Know About Filing KRA Nil Returns iN 2022

  • 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. If you got your KRA PIN this year, you will start filing Nil Returns from next year. So, be sharp and spare a few minutes of your time in a day and file your KRA Nil Returns 2022 today. 

READ ALSO: How To File KRA Returns Using P9 Form

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.

MATTHEWS OHOTTO - Tax Expert

Matthews Ohotto is a holder of Second Class Honours Upper Division Degree in Business Information Technology (Bachelor of Business Information Technology – BBIT) from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). He is the Founder of both Cyber.co.ke Portal (an online portal that focuses on offering better KRA Services to Kenyans both locally and globally) and Cyber.co.ke Blog.


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