4 August 2003

Kenya: Teachers Strive to Beat Deadline

Nairobi — Panic has hit teachers in Western Province as the deadline for submission of the Income Tax returns to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) draws to a close.

A spot check in various schools revealed that majority of the teachers have not yet filled in the KRA forms needed by the Government by Thursday this week. The survey also revealed that shortage of the forms had hit the area and certain individuals who got the forms from KRA were photocopying them and selling to teachers.

And Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Butere/Mumias officials led by the Chairman Rashid Wafula said advocates in major towns were charging teachers to assist them complete the forms.

Teachers who spoke to the Press complained that they could not complete the forms because they have not yet received numerous other documents to be used in completing the KRA forms.

They expressed fear that they were likely to complete the forms with wrong information as the language used was technical.

They said they had not yet received Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) from KRA which they applied for several weeks ago. They also said they had not received P9 slips from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) at their respective District Education Offices (DEO) to be used in completing the forms.

The P9 slips have information ascertaining that the teachers have been paying taxes since being employed by the Government.

The teachers added that they could not trace the P9 forms at their education offices and were instead being asked to travel to other districts in the province to look for them. The teachers urged the Government to extend the deadline to enable them acquire the necessary documents. The teachers also asked TSC to send correspondence to them directly to their schools to avoid the current confusion over the P9 forms. They complained that they were spending colossal sums of money travelling to look for the KRA and P9 forms.

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