How to file KRA Income Tax Return form for unemployed and employed

Step by Step guide on how to fill Tax return for the unemployed/student or recent graduates and employed.

Did you know that if you don’t file KRA tax return form whether you are employed or not you will be fined ksh. 10,000? This is not a one time fine and yet you can avoid it.

Below is a  step by step guide on how to go about it and avoid unnecessary fines if you are jobless and at one point had acquired a KRA pin for HELB or other purposes.


Some questions that will be answered in the below step by step guide


Question: I am unemployed but I have a PIN. Do I need to file returns?  

  • Answer: Yes, PIN holders with no source of income need to file a Nil return

Question: Will i pay the fine if i am unemployed?

  • Answer: If you file the Nil Return for those who are not employed you will not be fined

Question: Once I file online, do I need to visit  KRA offices?

  • Answer: No, you will receive an acknowledgment receipt of your filed return. Just download and you are done

Question: If i registered for a KRA pin this year do i need to file returns

  • Answer: You will file next year;after 12 months return period


SECTION 1: Step by Step Guide on how to file Tax returns for unemployed/students

 Step 1

kra login portal

Kra login page


Type  and you be directed  to the KRA portal where you will enter your KRA Pin or USER ID.  Enter and log in  with your iTax password. If you have forgotten your password, retrieve  one  using „ FORGOT PASSWORD‟ option on the  bottom right of the iTax  portal page.




Step 2

After Login. You will be directed to a page that has a red top menu as  shown below.

returns form

Kra Returns Page

Place your cursor (mouse pointer) on the ‘RETURNS” page and a drop down menu will appear. Below the drop down menu you will see “FILE  NILL RETRUNS.” For the unemployed that is where you are supposed to click and you will be directed to a page that looks like the one below.

file tax return form

Filing Returns Page photo


Fill by entering:

  • Tax obligation: Income Tax-Resident Individual

The click Next and you be directed a page like this below

taz return form 4

Fill by entering:

  • Wife Pin: (Leave blank if you don’t have one  filing returns)
  • Return Period: 01/01/2016
  • Return Period: 31/12/2016 (this section will fill itself automatically once you click the small calendar on the right)

Click Submit.  On successful submission, the message below will be displayed:


Success returns message

Success returns message photo

Click download Returns Receipt to download. You are done after downloading.



Filing Of Income Tax Individual Return For  the Employed procedure is Available Here

You can also read  Kenya-post (Daily post)

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