GRA hints April 1 as deadline for TIN acquisition

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) says it would, from April 1, 2018, enforce the implementation of its Tax Identification Number (TIN) administration.

It noted that other institutions including the Passport Office, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority, DVLA, among others, would not transact business with Ghanaians who do not have the TIN.

Speaking to the Goldstreet Business at a seminar organized by SEND Ghana, aimed at ‘Promoting Progressive Tax for Inclusive Development of all (PPTID)’, in Accra, GRA’s Principal Revenue Officer, Lawrence Hotsonyame advised Ghanaians to heed to the deadline set by the authority.

“The TIN is a unique identification number issued to taxpayers for official transactions, and the GRA is using it as a tool to broaden the country’s tax net which is the number of persons mandated to pay tax,” he explained.

Enforcing this law, he noted has become very necessary in accordance with the Revenue Administration Act which requires all persons who do business in this country, taxpayers and potential taxpayers alike should have TINs to be able to conduct official business.

Hotsonyame, however cautioned that, it is illegal to acquire two TIN numbers and persons who do so will face the law.

“A person shall not be permitted to undertake the under listed activities without use of a TIN (a) to clear any goods in commercial quantities from any port or factory, to register any title to land, interest in land or any document affecting land, to obtain any Tax Clearance Certificate from the Internal Revenue Service, Customs Excise and Preventive Service or the Value Added Tax Service, to obtain a Certificate to commence business or a business permit issued by the Registrar-General or a District Assembly,  to receive payment from the Controller and Accountant General or a District Assembly in respect of a contract for the supply of any goods or provision of any services.

Senior Programmes Officer at SEND Ghana, Harriet Nuamah Agyemang, explained that the PPTID, seeks an improved tax system that supports the socially excluded and micro-enterprises.

“SEND Ghana is of the view that a progressive tax policy implementation has implication for reducing inequality. This is because a progressive tax regime is a proven tool for redistributing income from upper class and large businesses to lower income earners and microbusinesses,” she said.

By Wisdom Jonny-Nuekpe

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