CIO East Africa (Nairobi)

2 July 2014

Kenya: Tax Data From KRA Now Available in Mobile Phones

Kenyans can now access information on tax obligations through their mobile phones.

The taxman and the Japan International Cooperation Agency have in place a short message service to enable taxpayers inquire and get instant feedback.

Known as Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), the service allows cellular telephones to communicate with a service provider's computers and will be available from all mobile phone firms.

"Taxpayers will request information from KRA and get instant feedback through SMS," a statement said on Tuesday.

Taxpayers will access data on domestic taxes, individual Personal Identification Number company Personal Identification Number, temporary car exportation status as well as tax station checker.

Importers and exporters will access information on the various custom tax obligation including the bill of lading, clearing agents status and manifest amendment status among others.

The service, which started on June 25, will also feature information on car log books as well as driving licence postage status.

This is the latest attempt by the tax man to cut the lines from its offices after it appointed Postal Corporation of Kenya in April to collect stamp duty on property deals.

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