Electronic Tax Registers Run Out Ahead Of Deadline

Kenya has run out of the new Internet-enabled electronic tax registers (ETRs) that relay real-time data on daily sales to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), a hitch that could ground operations of some traders in five days.

UzalendoNews has learnt that more than half of the licensed dealers of the new tax registers have run out of the machines and are awaiting new shipments ahead of the July 31 deadline.

Kenyan manufacturers and traders are racing to upgrade their ETRs at their premises ahead of the deadline to avoid paying a Sh1 million fine or a jail term of three years.

Without the gadgets, traders would be forced to stop operations or apply to the Commissioner of Domestic Taxes for an extension of time to comply, which should not exceed six months

One supplier who spoke to the UzalendoNews said they were waiting for additional shipments from outside the country.

“We have run out of the gadgets we had stocked. We did not expect they would run out this fast. We are awaiting shipments before Friday to fulfil demand which has been so huge,” said a supplier based in Nairobi’s CBD who requested anonymity for fear of losing their licence.