5. How to register an employer/employee
5.1 Employer registration
The Registrar of Companies is responsible for business registrations in Kenya, issuing:
• compliance certificates for foreign companies
• incorporation certificates for local companies
• registration certificates for unincorporated businesses
These certificates are required for many subsequent registration for payroll compliance. Details on how to incorporate a local company or register a foreign company are available online at the business registration service.
All local companies must have at least 30% Kenyan ownership, but a foreign company can have a Kenyan branch or representative office (see double taxation at 6.2).
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