Kenya’s Revenue Authority mandates pre-filled VAT returns starting January 2024, utilizing transaction data from the TIMS e-invoicing platform. The move aims to enhance taxpayer experience and streamline the VAT return filing process through technology. This aligns with the global “Death of the VAT Return” trend, embracing e-invoicing, SAF-T, and transaction-level reporting. The public notice emphasizes leveraging technology for efficiency and accuracy in tax administration. Angola stands out as one of the few African countries already implementing pre-filled VAT returns. Kenya’s initiative sets a standard for technological innovation in tax management across the continent. The development signifies a paradigm shift towards optimizing compliance procedures through advanced technologies.
Effective date: January 2024