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What is Income Tax?

Income tax is a direct tax that is imposed on income derived from Business, Employment, Rent, Dividends, Interests, Pensions among others.


Methods of collecting Income Tax include:

Pay As You Earn (PAYE)

Withholding Tax

Installment Tax

Advance Tax

Presumptive Tax

Turnover Tax

Capital Gains Tax




Individual Income Tax

Individual Income Tax is charged for each year of income on all the income of a person, whether resident or non-resident, which accrued in or was derived from Kenya.


Individual Tax Bands and Rates





On the first

Shs. 147,580

Shs. 12,298


On the next

Shs. 139,043

Shs. 11,587


On the next

Shs. 139,043

Shs. 11,587


On the next

Shs. 139,043

Shs. 11,587


On all Income Over

Shs.564, 709

Shs. 47,059



Taxation for Non- Resident's Employment Income

Any amount paid to Non-Resident individuals in respect of any employment with or services rendered to an employer who is resident in Kenya or to a permanent establishment in Kenya is subject to income tax charged at the prevailing individual income tax rates.


Non-Residents are however not entitled to any personal relief.


How do I file for Individual Income Tax Returns?

An individual income tax return is a declaration of income earned by an individual within a particular year.


Every individual with a KRA PIN is required to file this return.


You can file your Individual Income Tax Returns for a particular year of income, anytime between 1st January to 30th June of the following year.


Submission of income tax returns is an online process done via iTax.


If you have no income to declare, you are required to file a NIL return.


How do I pay Individual Income Tax?

After filing the return online via iTax, generate a payment slip and present it at any of the appointed KRA banks to pay the tax due.


You can also pay via Mpesa.


Use the KRA Pay bill number 572572.


The Account Number is the Payment Registration number quoted at the top right corner of the generated payment slip.


What is the penalty for late filing and paying?

Date: Individual Income Tax Returns should be filed on or before 30th June of the following year.

Penalty on late filing: Whichever is higher between, 5% of the tax due or Kshs. 2,000.

Penalty on late payment: 5% of the tax due and a late payment interest of 1% per month on the unpaid tax until the tax is paid in full.


Tax Relief

What is Tax Relief?

A tax relief is an incentive that reduces the amount of tax that a person has to pay.


  • Personal relief:

Every resident individual is entitled to a personal relief of Ksh. 16,896 per annum (Kshs.1,408 per month)


  • Insurance relief:

Every resident individual is entitled to an insurance relief of 15% of the amount of premiums paid for self, spouse or child. However, it shall not exceed Kshs. 60,000 per annum.


Insurance relief applies to the following policies;

  • Life Insurance
  • Education Policy with a maturity period of at least ten years
  • Health Insurance


What if I am exempt from Individual Income Tax?

You are still required to file returns and enter a valid Exemption Certificate Number.



Tax Exemption for People With Disability

People with disability are granted a tax exemption on their income for the first Kes. 150, 000 of their monthly income.

Filing Income Tax Returns

Watch our tutorial on how to file Income Tax Returns.