Kenya

Corporate - Taxes on corporate income

Last reviewed - 26 February 2020

Resident companies are taxable in Kenya on income accrued or derived from Kenya. Resident companies with business activities outside Kenya are also taxed on income derived from business activities outside of Kenya.

Non-resident companies are subject to Kenya corporate income tax (CIT) only on the trading profits attributable to a Kenyan permanent establishment (PE).

The rate of CIT for resident companies, including subsidiary companies of foreign parent companies, is 30%. The CIT rate for branches of foreign companies and PEs is 37.5%.

Special rates

There are special rates for certain resident and non-resident companies as set out below.

Entity CIT rate (%)
Export processing zone (EPZ) enterprises:  
First ten years 0
Next ten years 25
Thereafter 30
Registered unit trusts/Collective investment schemes Exempt (subject to conditions)
Newly publicly listed companies:  
20% of shares listed: first three years after listing 27
30% of shares listed: first five years after listing 25
40% of shares listed: first five years after listing 20
Companies listed on securities exchange 25 (first five years)
Special economic zone (SEZ) enterprises, developers, and operators 10 (first ten years);

15 (succeeding ten years)

Local motor vehicle assembly companies 15 (first five years);

15 (succeeding five years, subject to conditions)

Rates on gross income of non-residents derived from Kenya:  
Transmission of messages 5
Ownership or operation of ships and aircraft 2.5
Demurrage charges 2.5
Plastic recycling companies 15 (first five years)

Local income taxes

There are no county or provincial taxes on income, as all taxes are collected by the national government. However, county governments are empowered by the Constitution to impose property and entertainment taxes at the county level.