A simple guide on how to register for your Tax Identification Number (TIN) in Ghana both offline and online in line with Ghana Revenue Authority directions.
According to a recent report, a lot of Ghanaians don’t know how to register for their Tax Identification Number (TIN) and those who try registering for theirs are also getting frustrated by the system set up by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
This post is set to outline steps one can follow in registering for their Tax Identification Number (TIN) both online and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
In order to obtain your tax identification number (TIN) in Ghana, you will need to follow the laid down process by the Ghana Revenue Authority.
The Ghana Revenue Authority has an improved electronic system for obtaining a TIN number and this is FREE. The system makes it possible for you to be identified electronically anywhere around Ghana. This prevents multiple taxations levied on individuals or companies.
How to Apply for Tax Identification Number (TIN) Offline
- Visit any GRA of Regional General Department (RGD) closest to you and request for a TIN Registration form.
- Fill the form correctly after carefully reading the instructions at the back at the GRA office.
- Business TIN forms should be submitted to the Regional General Department (RGD).
- Taxpayer Services Unit of the office will scrutinize your filled forms and help you to complete where necessary
- You will be required to attach a valid National Identification such as Driver’s License, Voter’s ID or National ID.
- A text message will be automatically sent to you when your TIN is ready for collection.
- Remember that acquiring taxpayer identification number is absolutely FREE.
How to Apply for Tax Identification Number (TIN) Online
In the case of online TIN application, you will need a scanned colour copy of a valid national ID (pdf, jpg, jpeg, gif). The acceptable IDs for the online registration are Voter ID, Driver License or National Identification Card.
- Go to GRA’s website – www.gra.gov.gh
- Select Online Tax Portal (DTRD) under ONLINE SERVICES or go directly to following address (https://egovonline.gegov.gov.gh/EghanaWeb/)
- (Read Guide – Online TIN Registration for details on the process)
- Start your TIN application process and upload a scanned colour copy of your national ID
- Submit the application and you will receive an email notification
- If you have used an NIA Card then TIN registration is automatic and you will receive an email notification within a minute or so.
- Driver License and Voters ID used for registration will require a GRA officer to vet and approve your documentation before a TIN is issued.
- After verification by TIN online desk, you will have to visit the nearest GRA DTRD office for a print out of the TIN certificate.
How to Apply for Tax Identification Number (TIN) via Email
- Download the TIN application for Individuals here and for Organizations here or form from the GRA website.
- Read the Completion notes to guide you to complete the form. Complete and sign the application form.
- Scan the application form and also your National ID (Driver’s License, Voter’s ID or old National Identification Card) and send by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can verify your Tax Identification Number here: Check your TIN(Validation)
List of basic things you cannot do without a TIN in Ghana:
- Clear goods from the port
- Register your land document with the Lands Commission
- Obtain a tax clearance certificate from GRA
- Open a bank account
- Register your company at the Registrars General’s Department or any District Assembly office
- Receiving any payment from the Controller and Accountant General or a District Assembly in respect of a contract for the supply of any goods or provisions of any services
- Obtain payment for contracts done for the government
- File a case at the courts
- Obtain a passport from the passport office
- Obtain a drivers license and register your vehicle at the DVLA
- Bid for contracts from a government agency
- Conduct business with the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies
- Cannot conduct business with the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies
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