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. You must get it if you should be paying tax. It is an offence if you don’t.
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,
- file a case at the court,
- get a drivers’ licence.
How to get a TIN
Before you start
You need any of the following documents to apply, your:
- valid Drivers’ License,
- valid Passport,
- Voters ID,
- National Identification Card,
- Make a coloured photocopy of the ID used.
For companies you will need documents such as:
- certificate of incorporation,
- commencement certificate,
- partnership certificate,
- external company letter
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 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.
If you lose your TIN you will need to get a replacement certificate.
You will need to provide your:
date of birth,
mother’s maiden name and,
the number of the ID you used to get your TIN (e.g. Voters ID, Passport, etc.),
You must provide this information by:
WhatsApp to 0200631664 or 0552990000,
email to [email protected],
going to your nearest Domestic Tax Revenue Division (DTRD) office.