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Kenya – Budget Makes Adjustments to Tax Bands, Personal Relief

Kenya – Budget Makes Adjustments to Tax Bands, Personal

This GMS Flash Alert reports that Kenya’s government is planning to expand the five individual income tax bands and increase the resident person relief.


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Flash Alert 2016-082

Kenya’s government is planning to expand the five individual income tax bands and increase the resident person relief.  These measures were announced recently in the budget speech.1   


Companies with international assignees subject to Kenyan tax law may see changes in their international assignment-related (and their employment-related) costs as a result of these measures.  The changes will marginally affect tax equalization models.  

Cost projections and budgeting for assignments to Kenya and for assignees outside Kenya still subject to Kenyan taxation should reflect these changes once they come into force.  Where appropriate, adjustments by payroll administrators to withholdings will also have to be made. 

Expansion of Income Tax Bands and Increase in Personal Relief

In Kenya, individuals are taxed based on graduated tax rates.  In the budget proposals for the financial year 2016/2017, the government has proposed to expand the individual tax bands and personal relief by 10 percent effectively.

The amendments are due to take effect 1 January 2017.

The table below features the current and the proposed new tax bands.

Tax Rate Proposed Tax Band Per Annum (KES) Current Tax Band Per Annum (KES)
10% on the first  134,164 121,968
15% on the next 126,403 114,912
20% on the next 126,403 114,912
25% on the next 126,403 114,912
30% on all income over 513,373 466,704

Resident Personal Relief

The government is proposing to increase the resident personal relief from KES 13,944 to KES 15,360 per annum. 


Next Steps

The proposals are contained in a Finance Bill which will be enacted as the Finance Act, thereby confirming (or, in the interim, dropping) the new changes.  However, should the Finance Bill not be enacted into the Finance Act by 1 January 2017, the changes are expected to take effect automatically on 1 January 2017.


1  For the budget speech and related documentation, go to the National Treasury website:


KES 1 = EUR 0.0090 

KES 1 = USD 0.00987 

KES 1 = GBP 0.0075 


For additional information or assistance, please contact your local GMS or People Services professionals or one of the following professionals with the KPMG International member firm in Kenya.


Richard Ndung’u

Director and Head of Tax

+ 254 (0) 20 2806000


John Mngoda

Manager – Global Mobility Services

+ 254 (0) 20 2806000


Tom Kilonzo

Manager – Global Mobility Services

+ 254 (0) 20 2806000

The information contained in this newsletter was submitted by the KPMG International member firm in Kenya.

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