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3.3 Million Kenyans File Tax Returns Ahead of Deadline

About 86 percent of Kenyans targeted by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) have filed tax returns ahead of the June 30 deadline.

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) deputy commissioner for policy and domestic taxes Caxton Masudi on Thursday said more than 3.3 million taxpayers had filed returns by June 24. This is against a target of 3.8 million taxpayers. The data compares favourably with the 2.6 million people who filed within a similar time last year.

The KRA has been processing more than 100,000 filings daily, it reported on Thursday.

KRA extends working hours

The taxman estimates that daily filing will increase as the deadline nears. It has also extended working hours in the last-minute rush.

Huduma Centres across the country extended working hours effective June 15. Services begin from 8am to 5pm to serve those locked out by the initial short hour shifts.

The centres will, however, remain closed on Saturday and Sundays.

The iTax support centres which provide guidance to those making returns electronically will open 7am to 5pm from Monday to Friday.

The KRA’s contact centres will also remain open Monday to Friday from 7am to 9pm. On Saturdays and Sundays, the centres will be working from 9am to 4pm.

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