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Property taxes and Statutory Fees in Kenya

If you are a property owner in Kenya, these are the taxes you should know about;

  1. Rental Income Tax

Residential Properties & Mixed-Use Properties Rent Taxes

This tax is payable by people with rental income of Kshs. 144,000 and Kshs. 10,000,000 per annum. The tax must be filled every month on or before the 20th of every month without expenses, losses or capital deduction.

Persons with rental income below Kshs. 144,000 or above Kshs. 10,000,000 per year is required to file annual tax returns and declare the rental income with income from other sources.

To calculate the residential tax income of income between Kshs. 144,000 and Kshs. 10,000,000, use the below calculator.

You can also calculate via the iTax platform by completing the monthly return on the platform. If for any reason you do not receive rent as the landlord, you shall file NIL return.

You can pay via Mpesa by using KRA PIN number 572572 and the account Number been the Payment Registration Number quoted at the top right corner of the generated payslip.

Failure to file and pay on or before the 20th of the following month attracts a penalty of Kshs. 20,000 or 5% of the due tax (whichever is higher) and subsequent interest of 1% per month on the unpaid tax until payment is made in full.

Commercial Property Rent Taxes

Value Added Tax (VAT) is chargeable on commercial rental income and is charged to the tenant at a rate of 16%. The VAT on the sale of commercial property was however declared illegal for the sale of commercial property.

Other commercial rental income is required to file annual returns and declare rental income.

2. Stamp Duty

Stamp duty is tax paid during the sale or purchase of a property. The stamp duty is based on the sale price of the property.

In urban areas, stamp duty is 4% and 2% of rural land

To determine the stamp duty charges, use the calculator below.

Stamp duty of Urban Land

One can appy for stamp duty exemption when;

  • Transfer to held by family to a limited liability company wholly held by members of the same family.
  • Transfering between associated companies.
  • Transfer between spouses.
  • Transfer in favor of any body established for charitable purposes.t.

3. Land Rent

Land rent is charged by the land ministry of land for leasehold titles. The land rent is usually stated on the certificate of title and is usually revisable. Most land rents are revised during the renewal and extension of leases.

To estimate land rent of vacant land, use the calculator below;

4. Land Rates

Land rents are paid to the county government on an annual base for both leasehold and freehold properties. The land rates are governed by Rating act. The fees are based on the unimproved site value of the property which are based on the Valuation Roll, the valuation roll is revised every now and then for updating.

5. Capital Gain Tax

Capital gain tax is levied on the transfer of property situated in Kenya, acquired on or before 2015. It is paid by the transferor of the property. Capital gain tax is a final tax and is not subject to further taxation after the payment of the 5% net gain tax.

Use the below calculator to calculate Capital Gain Tax.

Exception on Capital Gain Tax

  • Income that is taxed elsewhere as in the case of property dealers
  • Issuance by a company of its own shares and debentures
  • Disposal of property for the purpose of administering the estate of a deceased person
  • Transfer of property between spouses as part of a divorce settlement
  • A private residence if the individual owner has occupied the residence continuously for the three-year period immediately prior to the transfer
  • Agricultural property having an area of fewer than 100 acres where that property is situated outside a municipality or urban area

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