Reminder on Simplification of the VAT Return Filing

Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) wishes to remind all VAT registered taxpayers that the VAT return will be pre-filled with tax information available to KRA with effect from the January 2024 tax period, to simplify the VAT return filing process and improve taxpayers’ experience.

Any input VAT claim that is not validated through TIMS/eTIMS or against existing customs import declarations for import VAT claims will not be allowed. In this regard, we remind all taxpayers of their obligation to issue electronic tax invoices and transmit the invoice details to KRA as prescribed in law. The validity of electronic tax invoices can be confirmed by scanning the QR code or by entering the control unit invoice number in the invoice checker on the iTax Portal log-in page.

We further advise the VAT registered taxpayers that they are required to confirm the accuracy of the declaration before submission of the return since the pre-filled VAT return is a self-assessment return as prescribed in Section 28(4) of the Tax Procedures Act, CAP 469B. A step-by-step guide on filing of the auto-populated VAT return is available on the KRA website for reference.

KRA will continue to support and facilitate all taxpayers to comply with the electronic tax invoicing requirements.

For further information please call our Contact Centre on Tel: (0) 20 4 999 999, 0711 099 999 or Email:


Commissioner for Domestic Taxes.

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Reminder on Simplification of the VAT Return Filing