Tax identification number popularly unknown as TIN is now a must have for every individual wants to open a bank account in Ghana.
This plus many other business activities requires you to have the TIN not just for any purpose but to trace and tax you.
However, obtaining a TIN was very bureaucratic and requires you to visit any of Ghana Revenue Service office in in your town or region. Even after going through the hustle for it, you would have to wait for at least 21 days for it to be made available to you.
Luckily for us in the era of technology, the process of acquiring a TIN was made online to expand service access to people and the office visitation process now less than 3 days.
The question many will like to ask is why do I need to go online when I can just walk into any of GRA offices and get my TIN instantly. Well this here is why:
- You might not know but not everyone likes going to public offices.
- Don't have time to go there.
- Cost of transport is a factor you must consider.
- You don't need a TIN now, why not register now for the future in case of emergency.
- Like to do my business online.
For more about why you must register your TIN online, CLICK here
Now let get started on how to register your TIN online in Ghana. And its simple to do.
1. Make the following required documents ready.
- Valid passport
- Valid driver license
- Voter ID
- NIA card
Or for the following documents if you are registering a company TIN
- Partnership certificate
- Certificate of incorporation
- External company letter
- Commencement certificate
2. Go to the Egov online CLICK HERE.
3. Locate register for a TIN on the home page.
Click on signup for new comers or click on the signin for returning user. This is only for the web account only, not the TIN. When you are successfully logged in, proceed to the next stage.
4. Fill the first page of the form. You will be required to input the ID number and the system will give you info whether it is valid or not. Once valid you are good to save and move forward,
5. Fill in the rest of the page mostly consist of info regarding your address, employment status, etc. Not everything is compolsory to fill. You can decide not to fill the non required gaps.
6. Review the form before finally submitting it.
7. Wait and your TIN will be sent to you on your email.
In case it takes longer to arrive and/or you need it now, go to your Domestic Tax Division Office and informed them you already registered for it and want the printout.
I remembered by own registration was approved on the same day but I never received a feedback email. I never boarded to check but this saved me when I needed it, I just went to a GRA office and told them I already regisyptered online and wants a printout. I recieved it instantly whereas people who used the manual process were told to go and come the next day.
If you want to know more about the uses of a TIN number in Ghana, refer to this article