Upcoming Mandatory Use Electronic Tax Registers in Kenya

The Kenyan Revenue Authority (KRA) has informed taxpayers that in the upcoming months it will become mandatory for businesses with revenues above 5 million Kenyan Schillings (Around 48,470 dollars) to use electronic tax registers that communicate sales data in real time to the tax authorities. The announcement comes after KRA started a successful pilot program where these internet enabled cash registers interfaced with the new Tax Invoice Management System (TIMS) that is being deployed in Kenya to manage the acquisition of data from taxpayers.  These changes are necessitated by provisions of the 2013 VAT Act that prohibit the use of paper copies of sales receipts and invoice. The tax administration has not released the specific date when the use of these cash registers will become mandatory, but has already made the official announcement and provided the technical specifications required for the use of these machines. More information here.

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Ramón Frias

Ramón is a Tax Counsel on the Regulatory Analysis team at Sovos. He is licensed to practice law in the Dominican Republic and is a member of the Dominican Bar Association. He has a Certificate Degree from Harvard University as well as a J.D. from the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo. Ramon has written a number of essays about tax administration and has won the first prize in the international essays contest sponsored by the Inter American Center of Tax Administrations (CIAT). Prior to joining Sovos, Ramon worked for more than 10 years in the Department of Revenue of the Dominican Republic where he served as Deputy Director. He is proficient in French and Spanish.
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