Payment of taxes in every country or society is a very important element that promotes development. Data collected by the finance ministry of Ghana shows that, the government has been able to collect about GH¢28 billion in tax revenue ending of September, as against a revised end of year target of GH¢41 billion. This should show that a lot of money that is used in the day to day running of the state comes from taxes.
This clearly implies that, it is important for the Government to use a lot of measures to ensure that we as citizens pay taxes. Earlier this year, government of Ghana came up with a new regulation regarding taxpayers and as it is, we must follow it.
The government of Ghana has officially directed every Ghanaian who is required to pay tax, or could be paying tax in the near future, must get their own Tax Identification Number (TIN) to enable smooth transactions and certain institutional registrations.
Tax Identification Number (TIN) as many do not know is a unique Identification Number issued to taxpayers for official transactions to be carried out. In Ghana, apart from payment of taxes, TIN Number is also used for other services such as importation goods into the country and registration of business or lands. This particular number is required for official transactions with the public institutions listed below:
1) Domestic Tax Revenue Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority
2) The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority
3) The Registrar General’s Department
4) The Controller and Accountant General’s Department
5) All District Assemblies
6) Any other Public Institution which the Minister may by legislative Instrument prescribe.
Who is eligible to apply for a Tax Identification Number in Ghana?
According to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), the people mentioned below are required to register for a Tax Identification Number:
- Anyone who earns taxable income in Ghana
- Anyone who wants to clear goods in commercial quantities from any port or factory
- Anyone who wants to register a title or other documentation relating to land
- Requiring a Tax Clearance Certificate
- Wants to register a business/company at the Registrar-Generals Department
- Requiring a Permit from any District Assembly
- Anyone who wishes to receive a payment from the Controller and Accountant-Generals Department
Tax Identification Number (TIN) Uses and Benefits
in Ghana, Tax Identification Number (TIN number) is becoming more and more important due to an increase number of services it is now required for, with new ones being added regularly. Below are some of the services one would need or required to use his/her TIN for in Ghana.
- registering your business
- doing business with the Ghana Revenue Authority(GRA)
- registering your vehicle
- opening bank account
- getting a passport
- buying land or registering title to a land
- collection of goods and services
- take a case to the court of law
Requirements/What you need in order to Apply for your Tax Identification Number (TIN) online in Ghana
- Your First Name
- Your Last Name
- Any accessible/working Email Address
- A scanned colour copy of an identity document (pdf, jpeg, jpg, gif which should not be more than 1mb in size) needed for verification. Eligible IDs for online Registration includes: Voters ID card, Ghana Driving License, your National Identity Card(Ghana card). Please Note! you are supposed to apply with valid documents ,all expired IDs will not be accepted.
How to apply for TIN online in Ghana
Getting started with your application:
Part 1 (Create Temporary login details)
- Visit the Ghana Revenue Authority egovonline registration portal by clicking here. Create an online portal account to begin the process. You will receive a confirmation email with a link to complete your online portal account registration and proceed to the TIN registration page.
- Input in your basic details and choose a password
- Click the “add” button to attach your Identity document (It should be a good quality, colour scanned copy of the above identity card in accepted format such as pdf, gif, jpeg
- After adding, click on upload to submit your ID
- Click on register on the same page
- Wait for the Request to be submitted
- Once your name, email and ID have been validated, you will receive a success message indicating the acceptance of your information provided. If you wish,you may click on the button to view or print a copy of the details submitted earlier
- Kindly Wait for a system generated email; this email will provide information on the registration process. The email will include a link to follow up in order to continue your TIN Registration
- Follow the link/url contained in the email received or copy the link and paste in your browser
- input your Email and Password (please note that these must be the same credentials that were registered earlier.
- Click on the Register button to continue the process
- You will move on to the TIN Registration Details Page. Fill/input all the required information, at the end of each Tab click on “Save and Proceed”. These tabs includes:
- Individual Summary
- Your Personal Details
- Your Tax information
- Your Identification Information
- Your Address Details
- Your Employment Details
- Your Contact Details
- After you have provided all the above info, click on SUBMIT.
- You will receive a success/approval message as in the image below. Sit down and wait for your TIN. It can take hours, a day or two but not more than two weeks.
Note: In case you have used the National Identification Card(Ghana Card) then your TIN registration would be automatic and you will receive an email confirmation within some minutes or hours. All other types of card used will require a GRA officer to scrutinize your documents before a TIN will be issued. In all cases, the hard copy of your TIN Certificate must be picked up from your nearest GRA Office.