KRA, JICA unveil an SMS service platform

By Nicholas Nduati

Kenyans can now access information on tax obligations through their mobile phones.

This follows the development of a short message service by the Kenya Revenue Authority in conjunction with the Japan International Cooperation Agency which will enable taxpayers to inquire and get instant feedback on their requests across all mobile networks.

Known as Unstructured Supplementary Service Data, USSD, the platform which is available on all mobile phone networks allows cellular telephones to communicate with the service provider’s computers.

In a statement KRA’s Chief Manager, Marketing and Communication Maureen Njongo, says that Taxpayers will access data on domestic taxes, individual Personal Identification Number company Personal Identification Number, temporary car exportation status as well as tax station checker.

Importers and exporters will access information on the various custom tax obligations including the bill of lading, clearing agents status and manifest amendment status among others.

The service will also feature information on car log books as well as driving license postage status.

This is the latest attempt by the tax man to cut the lines from its offices after it appointed Postal Corporation of Kenya in April to collect stamp duty on property deals.

The USSD Service is menu driven and one should dial the USSD code *572# to access the menu.