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How to Refund on Value Added Tax in Kenya

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How to Refund on Value Added Tax in Kenya by Kenyans247(m): Tue Feb 2020 01:48pm
Procedure
Fill the online VAT return Form.
Submit the completed return online (the law requires that this is done within 15 days after the end of the month)
Present to Kenya Revenue Authority the documents.
The system automatically sends an e-mail notification to the applicant, once the refund is ready.
Where a registered person supplies goods or services and the supply is zero rated, no tax shall be charged on the supply, but it shall,in a all other respects,be treated as a taxable supply.

Required Documents
Evidence of purchase and payment of tax including a tax invoice
Accreditation by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (i.e., Official diplomatic or official accreditation card issued by the Ministry responsible for Foreign Affairs)
Completed and filed Diplomatic VAT return
Tax Identification Number (TIN)
Any other relevant documents to support the claim, for example, copy of the tenancy agreement or motor vehicle log book

Office Locations & Contacts
The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)
Times Tower, Haile Selassie Avenue


P.O Box 30742 00100, GPO,Nairobi.

Call Centre
Tel: +254 (020) 4999 999

Cell: +254 (0711) 099 999

Email: callcentre@kra.go.ke


Eligibility
Any person enjoying full or limited immunity, rights or privileges under any local or international laws applicable in Kenya or under recognized principles of international law; or
Any Diplomatic or Consular mission of a foreign country or any public international organization established in Kenya or listed in the first schedule to the VAT Act relating to transactions concluded for its official purposes.
Refund is not available to citizens or permanent residents of Kenya.

Fees
Free of charge A taxable person who fails or refuses to register with the Board within the time specified is liable to pay as a penalty of

Ksh.1,000 for the first month in which the failure occurs; and
Ksh.1,500 for each subsequent month in which the failure continues.

Validity
Valid for 1 year

Processing Time
14 to 30 working days.

Instructions
The tax shall be charged and payable on the supply of all goods and service. The tax is computed at the rate of 5% on the value of all taxable goods and services as determined under sections 5 and 6 of Tax Act

Applications for refund shall be made not more than once in the month
The claim submitted will be validated against the suppliers declaration
The system automatically sends an e-mail notification to the applicant, once the refund is ready
Where a refund claim is rejected, the applicant will be notified on Form 118
Approved refunds will be paid to the bank account number provided
All tax invoices must bear the official stamp of the diplomatic or consular mission or public internal organization
All claims must be signed by the claimant or authorized signatory
The diplomatic or consular mission or public international organization should not

Required Information
Name
Address
Nationality
Contacts
Tax Identification Number
Diplomatic Identification Number of Claimant
Bank Branch
Account Number
Need for the Document
An Act to impose and charge Value Added Tax on certain goods and services and to provide for the administration of the tax and matters related thereto.

Value Added Tax is an indirect tax on consumption.
It is levied on specified goods and services which are described as taxable supplies, locally manufactured or sold and imported.
A refund of Value Added Tax (VAT) is provided for under the VAT Act for VAT paid by Diplomats, Diplomatic Missions, Consular Missions and Public International Organization

External Links
http://www.revenue.go.ke/notices/pdf2013/VAT%20%20Act%202013.pdf

http://www.revenue.go.ke/index.php/notices/kra-news/151-kra-introduces-pin-and-tax-compliance-certificate-verification-facility

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