Nil Returns Online Guide Nil Returns Online Guide

Here’s a detailed guide on how to file nil returns online using the iTax portal in Kenya:

What is a NIL Return?

A NIL return is a tax return where you report zero taxable income or zero payable tax for a specific tax period. Even if you haven’t made any sales or conducted any business during the period, filing a NIL return is still mandatory if you are registered for that tax obligation.

Steps to File Nil Returns on iTax Nil Returns Online Guide
  1. Access the iTax Portal: Go to the KRA iTax portal:
  2. Log In: Enter your KRA PIN and password, then click “Continue”.
  3. Navigate to Returns: Under the “Returns” tab, select the “File Returns” option.
  4. Select Tax Obligation: Choose the type of tax obligation for which you want to file a NIL return (e.g., Income Tax Resident Individual, VAT, etc.).
  5. Select Nil Return: Under the return type, you should see “Nil Return” as an option. Check the “Nil Return” box.
  6. Submit: Click the “Submit” button. You’ll likely see a confirmation message.

Key Points to Note:

  • Even with no activity, file on time: It’s crucial to file your NIL return before the due date (typically the 20th of the month following the tax period) to avoid late filing penalties.
  • Maintain Records: While you do not need to provide extensive figures in a NIL return, you should still keep proper records to explain the lack of activity, if requested by the KRA.
  • Different Tax Obligations: Some tax obligations may have slightly different ways to file NIL returns on iTax, so make sure to select the correct type.

Additional Tips:

  • Stay Updated: Always refer to the KRA website for the latest instructions or changes to the iTax system.
  • Seek Help: If you encounter any issues or complexities, consult the KRA help desk or reach out to a tax advisor.

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