How to file KRA Income Tax Return form, Nil for unemployed (Students)

A guide on how to file nil Tax return for the unemployed/student or recent graduates and employed.

How to file KRA Income Tax Return form, Nil for unemployed (Students)
A guide on How to file Nil KRA Income Tax Returns for unemployed and campus students/Photo


Did you know that if you don’t file KRA tax return form whether you are employed or not you will be fined ksh. 20,000? 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.

Do i need to file returns if an unemployed?

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

Will i be fined if i don’t file returns for unemployed?

Answer: If you file the Nil Return for those who are not employed you will not be fined. But if you don’t no matter your employment status, you will be fines ksh. 20,000.

Can i file Nil returns if i am employed?

Answer: No, you will be penalized for that. You are supposed to submit your VAT returns as provided by your employer

Are students supposed to file KRA tax returns?

Everyone who has KRA pin is supposed to file returns. For students who got a KRA pin when applying for helb should just file nil returns. However, if you do not have a KRA pin you don’t have to file.

SECTION 1: How to file Tax returns for unemployed/students (Guide)

The steps of filing nil returns have been provided below:

  1. Go to
  2. Login with username and Password
  3. Go to Returns Page
  4. Click File Nill Returns
  5. Select Income Tax Resident
  6. Enter Returns Period
  7. Click Submit
  8. Download Your Receipt
  9. Details available in the next step

 Step 1: Register with itax portal

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: On itax portal go to returns

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: 01/01/2018
  • Return Period: 31/12/2018 (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.

SECTION 2: How to file income tax returns for employed

Filing Of Income Tax Individual Return For  the Employed procedure is provided in the video below.

You can also read  How to survive your first month of employment when broke

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    1. I was previously employed and they filed my taxes as per the company requirements but I’m no longer employed so how do I go about filing my taxes?

    2. I was not in the country from 2006- 2018, but i took a pin in 23/02/2018… am i still penalized because of not filling NIL.

    3. Hello
      i have been blank i never knew after taking the pin you should file returns till recently i was told by my uncle.
      i took the pin in 2015
      what must i do kindly help me out im just blank over this issue
      kindly help
      you can email me on the steps to follow.
      Thank you

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