Standards Levy is an amount payable MONTHLY to KEBS by all Manufacturers. It is 0.2% of the manufacturer’s monthly turnover excluding VAT and discounts, if any.
It was introduced by the Standards Levy Order, gazette by the Minister for Industry through Legal Notice No. 267 of 22nd June 1990 and became operational on 1st July 1990.
To manufacture according to the Standards Act, Cap 496 of the Laws of Kenya, is to produce, process, treat, install, test, operate or use.
All manufacturers are obliged to pay 0.2% of the monthly turnover excluding VAT and discounts, if any.
(A). Minimum – Ksh. 1,000 Per Month
Maximum – Ksh. 400,000 Per Annum
(B). Deadline: Payments should be made by the 20th day of the month succeeding that of manufacturer.
a) A Copy of valid company/ Business registration certificate.
b) Valid business KRA PIN Certificate.
c) Duly filled, signed and stamped application form SL1. (Available in Kebs Website)
Step 1: Fill in the application SL1 form.
Step 2: Attach all relevant documents (A Copy of registration, valid PIN Certificate and Duly Filled SL1 application form)
Step 3: Send an email with documents as attachments to:- firstname.lastname@example.org
You will receive your registration number within 1 (One) working day.
Failure to notify the Managing Director that you are manufacturing does not exempt you from paying the standards levy.
Levy for any given month is payable through KRA iTax.
The Financial Bill, 2000 made Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) the collecting agent for KEBS Levy.
When you start manufacturing.
If you fail to pay the Levy, you are guilty of an offence under the Standards Act of the Laws of Kenya and are liable to prosecution.
Manufacturers are required to maintain complete records with dates of all transactions which may affect the amount of the Levy that is payable. These records are to be made available upon written request, to the Managing Director, Kenya Bureau of Standards or a person duly authorized by Him/Her.
If your annual turnover does not exceed Ksh.200,000.00 you are exempted from paying the standards levy.
You may do a written request to be relieved of your tax obligations for the period of time under dormancy or if closure then from the date of closure.
Send a letter by post or email (See the Addresses at the end of the page) to the Managing Director, Kenya Bureau of standards on the official company letter head indicating the reasons through the following email, email@example.com then CC: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can learn more about the Standards Levy by purchasing a copy of the Standards Levy Order, 1990 and Standards Levy (Amendment) Order 1999 from the Government Printer.
Further clarification, information and assistance from the KEBS Levy Section as follows:-
Note that failure to notify the Managing Director not only constitutes an offence under the Act but also does not absolve a manufacturer from paying the Standards Levy and the attracts penalties at the rate of 5% per month cumulatively, pursuant to section 10B (3) of the Standards (Amendment) Act: 1989.
Following below are some of the activities, which fall under manufacturing as per the Standards Levy Order.