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Demystifying eTIMS: A Guide for Kenyan Businesses

Kenneth Ndung'u 29th Mar 2024

In Kenya, there's a new game-changer in town for managing taxes and invoices: the electronic tax invoice management system, or eTIMS for short. But what exactly is eTIMS, and why should businesses care? Let's break it down.

What is eTIMS?

eTIMS is like a digital assistant for managing your invoices and taxes. It's a fancy software created by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to make invoicing easier for businesses. Originally, it was mainly for businesses registered for Value Added Tax (VAT), but now, all businesses in Kenya need to use it for their invoices.

Important Deadlines

If you haven't started using eTIMS yet, don't worry, but you need to get on it soon. For most businesses, the deadline to start using eTIMS was January 1st, 2024. But if you're not registered for VAT, you have until March 31st, 2024, to jump on board.

Who Needs to Use eTIMS?

Pretty much everyone who runs a business in Kenya needs to use eTIMS for their invoices. Whether you're a big company, a small shop, or even just a one-person business, eTIMS is for you.

How to Get Started with eTIMS

Getting started with eTIMS is easy, and you have a couple of options:

eTIMS Lite (Web): If you have a computer and internet access, you can use eTIMS Lite on the web. Just go to, and you're good to go.

eTIMS Lite (USSD): Don't have a computer? No problem! You can use eTIMS Lite with just your phone by dialing *222#. It's as simple as that.

Why Should You Use eTIMS?

Using eTIMS comes with some pretty cool benefits:

Less Hassle, More Savings: With eTIMS, you'll spend less time dealing with paperwork and more time running your business. Plus, you'll save money on administrative costs.

Flexible Options: Whether you're tech-savvy or prefer to keep things simple, there's an eTIMS option that works for you.

Access to Your Sales Records: Want to keep track of your sales? With eTIMS, you can access all your sales records anytime, anywhere.

Easy Tax Filing: If you're registered for VAT, eTIMS makes filing your taxes a breeze. No more headaches come tax time!

Embrace eTIMS Today

eTIMS might sound fancy, but it's really just a tool to make your life as a business owner easier. So, if you haven't already, jump on board with eTIMS and join the thousands of businesses already enjoying the benefits of easier tax and invoice management. Trust us; your business will thank you!

About Kenneth Mwaura

Kenneth Mwaura is the founder of Tracksales and has a passion for everything business. Outside of work he enjoys exploring different places, photography, watching handball and playing chess.

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