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|Income Summary (KSh.)||%||Monthly (KSh.)||Annually (KSh.)||Weekly (KSh.)||Daily (KSh.)|
|PAYE Before Relief ?||19.09%||(9,543.85)||114,526.20||(2,385.96)||(340.85)|
This is an independent calculator to help the public quickly understand and calculate Pay As You Earn (PAYE) income tax in Kenya as set out by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA). Employees and employers alike can use this calculator to under the statutory contributions liable under the income tax system of Kenya.
Note : This KRA income tax calculator has been updated to include the new KRA income tax rates effective 1st January 2017 and allows comparison with the salary income tax rates for the year ending 31st December, 2016.
Pay As You Earn (PAYE) is the mandatory tax levied on all employees’ income. In Kenya, the government manages the PAYE tax through the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), which collects the statutory contributions from the employer, before salary and wages are paid to the employee. This income tax applies to all employees, permanent, temporary, full time and part time except for the employment that is not longer than 1 month. The income tax applies to wages, salaries, commissions, allowances, fees, bonuses and any other income for which the employer is chargeable by the employee for services provided.
Casual employment may be referred to as that which is not longer than one month with any one employer and is not regular in nature.
It is the employer's statutory duty to deduct income tax from the pay of his employees whether or not he has been specifically told to do so by the Department.
The normal PAYE year runs from 1st January to 31st December, it is filed and remitted monthly by the employer.
PAYE income tax follows the progressive taxation system. Higher incomes are taxed more than lower incomes. The table below shows the income tax rates for different employee income brackets
|Taxable Income||Tax Rate|
|KSh0 - KSh10,165||10%|
|KSh10,165 - KSh19,741||15%|
|KSh19,741 - KSh29,317||20%|
|KSh29,317 - KSh38,893||25%|
|KSh38,893 and Above||30%|
Effective 1st January, 2017 new income tax brackets will come into effect for all salaried workers. The tax rates/percentages will remain steadfast with the highest tax rates at 30%. However, the different income/salary bands at which these tax rates will change, favouring the lower income earners. The new income brackets and new KRA PAYE tax rates used to calculate the net pay will be as follows :
|Taxable Income||Tax Rate|
|KSh.0 - KSh.11,180||10%|
|KSh.11,181 - KSh. 21,715||15%|
|KSh. 21,715 - KSh. 32,249||20%|
|KSh. 32,250 - KSh. 42,780||25%|
|KSh. 42,781 and Above||30%|
This is the net amount that is deducted from the total PAYE tax on the employee's monthly income. It is deducted from the employee's tax obligation and added to his/her take home page. It is one of the key tools of the progressive taxation system used in income distribution.
A resident individual with taxable income is entitled to a personal relief of KSh 1,162 per month or KSh 13,944 per year in the year ending 31st December, 2016. The new personal tax relief amount for the year 2017 going forward is KSh1,280 per month or Sh15,360 per year.
Pay-As-You-Earn(PAYE) is the tax charged on income earned by employees in Kenya. The formula for calculating this income tax in Kenya uses the following simple steps:
The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) is a government agency that was established in 1965 through an Act of Parliament. It's mandatory national scheme whose main objective was to provide basic financial security benefits to Kenyan upon retirement for employees in the both the formal and informal sectors of the economy. The mission of the NSSF is to be a trusted centre of excellence in the provision of Social Security. In January 2014, the Fund was changed to a Pension Fund from a Provident Fund meaning that a member can only get a maximum of a third of their contributions as a cash lump sum upon retirement and the rest paid out periodically over the rest of their retirement/life. http://www.nssf.or.ke
National Hospital Insurance Fund is a State Parastatal that was established in 1966 as a department under the Ministry of Health but was over time transformed to a state corporation. The Fund's core mandate is to provide medical insurance cover to all its members and their declared dependants (spouse and children). The NHIF membership is open to all Kenyans who have attained the age of 18 years and years and have a monthly income of more than KSh. 1,000. The medical insurance covers costs for consultation, laboratory investigations, doctor/specialists, maternity, dialysis, family planning fees amongst an extensive list inpatient and outpatient costs, in over 400 government and private hospitals countrywide. http://www.nhif.or.ke/healthinsurance/
The employee's NHIF contribution is calculated based on his/her gross salary. The table below shows the employee monthly gross and the NHIF deductions
Self employed column at the top
|KSh 5,999||KSh 150|
|KSh 6,000 – 7,999||KSh 300|
|KSh 8,000 – 11,999||KSh 400|
|KSh 12,000 – 14,999||KSh 500|
|KSh 15,000 – 19,999||KSh 600|
|KSh 20,000 – 24,999||KSh 750|
|KSh 25,000 – 29,999||KSh 850|
|KSh 30,000 – 34,999||KSh 900|
|KSh 35,000 – 39,999||KSh 950|
|KSh 40,000 – 44,999||KSh 1,000|
|KSh 45,000 – 49,999||KSh 1,100|
|KSh 50,000 – 59,999||KSh 1,200|
|KSh 60,000 – 69,999||KSh 1,300|
|KSh 70,000 – 79,999||KSh 1,400|
|KSh 80,000 – 89,999||KSh 1,500|
|KSh 90,000 – 99,999||KSh 1,600|
|KSh 100,000 & Above||KSh 1,700|
The NSSF Act No. 45 of 2013 raised the maximum total (employee and employer) contribution from KSh 400 per month to KSh 2,160 per month for employees earning above KSh 18,000 per month. However, the new Act is still under debate and the old contributions of KSh 400 per month are still being accepted.
An employee is entitled to a tax relief at the rate of 15% of insurance premiums paid subject to maximum relief amount of KSh 5,000 per month if he/she proves that;
i) He/She has paid insurance premiums for an insurance policy made by him/her on his/her life, or the life of his wife or of his child. The insurance policy is active and it guarantees a capital lump sum, payable in Kenya and in the lawful currency of Kenya, Kenya Shillings;
ii) The legal employer has paid premiums for the insurance policy on the life, on behalf and for the benefit of the employee which has been taxed on that employee salary contracted in the company;
Saving in a registered retirement benefits scheme is one sure way of minimising your individual PAYE tax obligations. Contributions to a retirement benefits scheme are tax exempt as per the set limits (Kshs. 20,000/- per month or 30% of salary, whichever is less). The return earned on the investment is also tax exempt. For a more detailed guide on the tax benefits of a personal pension scheme, please see this guide
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