The government-backed Huduma Namba Bill, 2021 amends the Tax Procedure Act to make bio-metric ID the key number for identifying taxpayers.
So this means that children offered the Huduma Namba ID will automatically be listed as taxpayers once they attain 18 years. And they will be required to file returns annually irrespective of their income status.
The government is seeking to net individuals who have evaded paying taxes by requiring that the Huduma Namba serves as KRA personal identification number (PIN).
“Huduma Namba assigned to an individual under the Huduma Act, 2021 shall serve as PIN for the purpose of tax law,” the Bill states.
All adults will also be required to register with the KRA, offering the taxman a larger pool of people than the 5.5 million that it has netted through the returns. Because the number of taxpayers who filed returns in the year to June were 5.5 million while official data shows that Kenyans above 18 years are 25.64 million.
As a result, Kenyan adults will need this new ID(Huduma Namba) to access government services, such as getting treatment at State hospitals, marrying or filing tax returns.
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