Paying Taxes in


Below is a detailed summary of the taxes and mandatory contributions that a medium-size company must pay or withhold in a given year, as well as administrative burden in paying taxes.

This information was collected as part of the Doing Business project, which measures and compares regulations relevant to the life cycle of a small- to medium-sized domestic business in 189 economies. The most recent round of data collection was completed on June 1, 2015 covering for the Paying Taxes indicator calendar year 2014 (January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014).

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Tax or mandatory contribution Payments (number) Notes on Payments Time (hours) Statutory tax rate Tax base Total tax rate (% of profit) Notes on TTR
Corporate income tax 5 43 30% taxable profit 29.81
Standards levy 2 0.2% net sales 3.54
Employer paid - Social security contributions (NSSF) 12 51 5% gross salaries 1.52
Single business permit - manufacturer 1 KES 100,000 fixed fee 1.06
Tax on interest 0 15% interest income 0.38 included in other taxes
Employer paid - Training or apprentice tax 2 KES 600 per employee number of employees 0.38
Land rates 1 0.6% land value 0.30
Road maintenance levy 0 jointly KES 9 per liter fuel consumption 0.28
Advance motor vehicle tax 1 KES 1,500 per ton vehicle weight 0.24 included in other taxes
Single business permit - trader 1 KES 20,000 fixed fee 0.21
Petroleum development duty 0 jointly KES 0.4 per liter fuel consumption 0.01
Land rent 1 various rates 0.01
Tax on check transactions 1 KES 2 per check number of checks 0.01
Value added tax (VAT) 1 online 108 16% value added 0.00 not included
Fuel tax - excise duty 1 KES 10.31 per liter fuel consumption 0.00 small amount
Stamp duty on contracts 1 various rates type of contract 0.00 small amount
Employee paid - Social security contributions (NSSF) 0 jointly 5% gross salaries 0.00 withheld
Employee paid - National hospital insurance fund (NHIF) 0 jointly various rates gross salaries 0.00 withheld
Totals: 30.00 201.50 37.1

Name of taxes have been standardized. For instance income tax, profit tax, tax on company's income are all named corporate income tax in this table.
The hours for VAT include all the VAT and sales taxes applicable.
The hours for Social Security include all the hours for labor taxes and mandatory contributions in general.

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