What is a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)?
The Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) is a unique Identification number issued to taxpayers and potential taxpayers. Getting a TIN is free. To pay tax, one must get a TIN. It is an offence to not have a TIN as a taxpayer.
Reasons to get a TIN
You must have a TIN to:
- Register your business with the Registrar-General’s Department,
- Do business with the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA),
- Open a bank account,
- Register your vehicle,
- Get a passport,
- Register land,
- Clear goods from a port or airport,
- Get a drivers’ licence.
How to get a TIN
Before you start
You need a coloured copy of any of the following documents to apply:
- Valid Drivers’ License,
- Valid Passport,
- Voters ID,
- National Identification Card,
For companies you will need documents such as:
- Certificate of incorporation,
- Commencement certificate,
- Partnership certificate,
- External company letter
Apply and Get Tax Identification Number-TIN Online
Getting your TIN online You can complete a simple form online “Online TIN Form“. If your registration is successful you will get an email from GRA. GRA will tell you by SMS when your certificate is ready. You will need to collect your certificate from your local Domestic Tax Revenue Division office
Other ways to get your TIN
You can download a TIN form and either email your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org or take it to your local Domestic Tax Revenue Division office .
You can also go to any GRA Domestic Tax Revenue Division office. to complete a paper TIN form.
GRA will tell you by SMS when your certificate is ready. You’ll need to collect your certificate from your Domestic Tax Revenue Division office.How long will it take to get my TIN?
The Law provides for 21 days to process TIN. You should therefore get your TIN certificate within 21 days.However, if you don’t then you should:
- go to your Domestic Tax Revenue Division office
- email the GRA Head Office,
- WhatsApp to 0200631664 or 0552990000.
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