THE TAX LAWS (AMENDMENT) ACT, 2020

The Tax Laws (Amendment) Act, 2020

On Saturday 25th April 2020, President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the Tax (Amendment) Bill,2020 effectively cushioning Kenyans against the adverse effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. This followed by a publication of the Kenya Gazette Supplement No. 56 (Act No. 2) on 27th April 2020. Some of the new tax changes include the following;

  1.  Pay as you Earn (PAYE)
     Tax Relief:
    100 % Tax Relief for resident individuals earning a gross monthly income of up to Kshs. 24,000 (Kshs.288,000 p.a.) by introducing personal relief of Kshs. 2,400 p.m (Kshs.28, 800 p.a.) The individual resident tax relief effectively rises from the previous Kshs.16,896 per year (or KES 1,408 per month) and applies to all the employees.
  2. Reduction of Income Tax
    Reduction of Resident Income Tax (Corporation Tax) from 30% to 25%.
    However, the non-resident companies and branches will still be taxed at 37.5%

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