Tax and Accounting

Taxation in Nairobi is administered and collected by the Kenya Revenue Authority.

The tax amount paid by an expat in Nairobi on income earnt is determined depending on whether an expat is a “fiscal resident” of Kenya.

Generally, an expat is regarded as a fiscal resident if they reside in Kenya for at least 183 days per tax year.

Fiscal residents pay tax on all income earnt, whether such income is derived from sources within Kenya or abroad.

This is commonly referred to as taxation on “worldwide income”.

Non-fiscal residents are only taxed on income which is derived or “sourced” from Kenya and not their worldwide income.

However, Kenya has tax treaties and agreements with certain countries. Such treaties and agreements prevent an expat from paying tax on the same income twice.

Currently, Kenya has double taxation agreements with South Africa, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Iran, Norway, Sweden, the UK and Zambia.

Kenya has a graduating tax system.

This means the more a person earns, the higher the rate of tax a person pays on their income. Currently, the tax rates in Kenya range from between 10%-30%. Kenya does not have an inheritance tax, gift tax or estate tax.

In 2015, Kenya reintroduced capital gains tax.

Proper planning and the services of a qualified tax advisor or specialist accountant are strongly suggested prior to an expat moving to Nairobi.

Our Nairobi E-Team member is a reputable tax advisor who will ensure that all aspects of your personal tax are looked after before, during and after your move to Nairobi.


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Since 1997, Crowe Erastus & Co. have been providing their clients with smart, customized solutions by combining their specialized expertise with a passion to provide the quality professional assurance, and support services that the company is known for.

An independent member firm of Crowe Global which is ranked as the 8th largest accounting network in the world, and one of the largest financial services firms in Kenya, Crowe Erastus & Co. provides various services in advisory, audit, and tax.

They also cover corporate finance, human resource and risk consulting, sustainability reporting, information technology, and audit, as well as specialized advisory services for infrastructure finance and development.

To know more about Crowe Erastus & Co., please refer to the contact details below:

Contact Person: Erastus K. Omolo

Website: www.crowe.com/ke


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