I just passed by Times Towers on Haile Selassie Avenue where I saw huge lines for people filing tax returns to beat the deadline which is today. Kenyans being Kenyans have continued their Kenyan tendencies as they do things last minute Kenyan style even though there were adverts from KRA telling about the deadline as early as may.
With the Kenyaness in full bloom I suppose its only right that the tax person (tax man is not gender sensitive these days go figure, neither is Mandela as it should be Persondela) looks for ways to make the tax collection process more efficient.
Enter the good people from UBA Bank Kenya chapter. Earlier today they announced a partnership with the Kenya Revenue Authority to pilot an online tax remittance/collection system aimed at facilitating electronic collection of taxes. The bank is the first to pilot this new innovation called the iTax system.
Using the iTax platform, taxpayers will be able to file returns electronically online eliminating the need to fill out manual forms. Similarly, users will gain the ability to register and make domestic tax payments online without the need to physically visit a banking hall or KRA offices. Furthermore, individuals, corporations and the tax authority can view tax payments status online.
Good news surely. Here’s hoping Kenyans will be convinced to avoid those crazy queues at the deadline day henceforth with this new system. One can only hope no?