Kenya - Mixed (Common, Islamic and Customary law)
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Kenya taxes

Want to setup a company? This will tell you about tax laws in Kenya for a PLC, which is the most common company structure in Kenya.

Kenya taxes resident companies on their business income accrued within and outside the country. The established approximate percentage for business income earned abroad, from our research, and your results may vary, is 30%. The country may have certain exemptions to bring in income earned outside the country. The corporate income effective tax rate for a PLC entity is 30%. However, Kenyan branches of foreign companies are taxed at 37.5% rate. Under certain conditions, newly listed companies may be taxed at a 20-27% rate. Kenya ranks 136th when compared to corporate tax rate worldwide.

The valued added tax rate in KE is 16.00%, that ranks Kenya as 101st when compared to VAT globally. In terms of other taxation, an employer will contribute 6.00% to the equivalent of a social security fund and an employee will contribute 6.00%. The overall complexity of the tax system is medium. This is measured by average time to comply with a country's labor tax requirements is as it is 51hours. Contributing to this is the number of yearly labor tax payments, which is 1 in KE.

Thin capitalization mandates are in play. Thin capitalisation refers to any type of laws on a business and the debt-to-asset ratios.
Dividends paid by a resident entity to another resident entity are taxable at a final withholding tax of 5%. Being exempt if recipient holds 12.5% or more of voting power of the company paying the dividend. Dividends received from foreign entities are not taxable. Dividends are payments of a company's earnings, decided by the board of directors, to a class of its shareholders. Dividends can be either stock, cash, or property. Capital Gains are taxed at a final tax of 5%. Capital gains from the disposal of shares traded in any securities exchange licensed by the Capital Markets Authority, may be exempted. A capital gains tax is levied on the profits that a corporation or natural person realizes when they sell sells a capital asset for a price that is higher than the purchase price.

The interest withholding taax rate is estimated at 15%. This means that the tax authorities expects resident entities to withhold 15% of money remitted abroad on interest payments. Interest payments to non-residents on bearer instruments are taxed at withholding tax rate of 25%. The dividends withholding tax rate is 10%. This means that the taxman expects relevant legal entities to withhold 10% of dividends paid to non-residents. The royalties withholding tax rate is 20%. This means that the taxman expects relevant legal entities to withhold 20% of payments offshore on royalties.
There is no known tax on wealth in Kenya. There are no known inheritance taxes in KE. There are transfer and real property taxes. We are not aware of any frequently implemented research and development breaks on taxation in Kenya.

The above is not tax or legal advice for your particular facts and circumstances. can refer you to an accountant in Kenya who can give you the proper advice and help you need. Ready to get started? Click incorporate now if you are in a hurry, or press the free consultation button above.

It takes approximately 43 hours to file and prepare documents for a Kenya Mixed (Common, Islamic and Customary law).
The corporate tax is approximately 30% which is 136 in the world.

Owners of a company in Kenya are not allowed to carry back a loss and may be allowed to carry forward a loss for 10 years.

The vat rate in Kenya is 16% which ranks 101 in the world.

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Wealth tax
Estate tax
Transfer taxes
Asset taxes
Capital duties
12Tax treaties
30%Offshore Tax
30%Corp rate
-Loss carryback years
43Corporate time
16%VAT rate
5%Capital gains
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Kenya Tax Treaties

CountryTypeDate signed
DTC 1977-05-17
DTC 2007-12-04
DTC 2012-05-07
DTC 1979-10-15
DTC 1972-12-13
South Africa
DTC 2010-11-26
DTC 1985-04-12
United Kingdom
DTC 1973-07-31
DTC 1973-06-28
DTC 1983-04-27
United Arab Emirates
DTC 2011-11-11
DTC 1972-12-13

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Republic of Kenya (eng)
Republic of Kenya (swa)
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Eastern Africa
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