How to file KRA nil returns through KRA iTax portal
How to file KRA nil returns through KRA iTax portal

A KRA Nil return is filed by individuals who have the Kenya Revenue Authority, KRA, PINs  but are not formally employed. As thus, such individuals do not pay income tax otherwise referred to as Pay As You Earn (PAYE).

If you have a KRA PIN it is important that you file your returns within the set timelines; usually between January and June of every year. Failure to file Nil returns (just like in other returns) attracts a hefty fine from KRA. 

In case you are wondering how file nil returns, worry not as this is the simplest type of return to file. In fact it takes less than one minute on a good network.

All that you are required to have is your KRA PIN and Password to log into your KRA iTax portal. If by any chance you can not recall your KRA password, you can always easily reset it here.

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Login into your iTax account and declaring your nil returns.

To log into your iTax portal account and file your returns, follow the steps below:

How to log into the iTax portal
How to log into the iTax portal
  • Next, insert your password and security stamp. Select ‘Login’.
  • On successful log in, click ‘Returns’ from the menu bar followed by ‘File Nil Return’.
Filing KRA Nil Returns via the KRA iTax Portal.
Filing KRA Nil Returns via the KRA iTax Portal.
  • In the new window, select the tax obligation. Available options are: Income Tax Resident – Individual(for Kenyans), Income Tax Non Resident – Individual (For foreigners) and Income Tax- Rental income (for landlords).
  • Click ‘Next’ to access a new window; with your PIN and return period pre-loaded. Enter your spouse’s PIN; but is not mandatory.
  • Select the ‘Submit’ button and a message as the one shown below pops-up;
' says:
Dear Taxpayer, filing of Nil Returns is
only applicable in cases where you 
have NO transactions to declare for the 
period. Are you sure you want to file Nil
  • If your answer to the above query is yes, then click ‘Ok’ to complete the return filing.
  • You will now be redirected to a new window titled..’Return Receipt Generated’.
  • Click ‘Download Returns Slip’ to get a copy of your returns file.
  • With this, you could have easily filed your nil returns. Quite easy? Try it for yourself.
KRA Nil returns slip.
KRA Nil returns slip.


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