From Sebastian R. Freiku, Kumasi
The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has been called upon to issue applicants with portable Tax Identification Number (TIN) cards, similar to the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) ID, voter ID, and Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) biometric card, instead of the long sheet of paper.
Nana Ninsin-Imbeah II, ex-Nyimfahen of the Mfantseman Council in the Ashanti Region, who made the suggestion, also urged the GRA to evolve a system that will make the process fast and efficient, and devoid of middle men.
The GRA has introduced the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), a unique number for persons, including corporate entities, upon application.
It aims at generating the number within 48 hours upon application, accompanied with a valid national identification number, such as driver’s license, passport, voter’s ID.
The benefits of the TIN, according to the GRA, are very numerous for holders, as without it, it is impossible to process a passport at the passport office, process land documents at the Lands Commission, and transact business with the Registrar General’s Department.
The TIN would be required to secure contracts and payments from governments, as well as clear goods from any port or factory, and even serve as a condition to file a case in the courts, or to renew a practicing license.
The TIN is free and no payment is required to obtain it, the GRA has indicated.
It is in view of these benefits that Nana Ninsin-Imbeah ll has also praised the Director General of the GRA for the introduction of the seeming aggressive tax registration initiative, which is expected to rope a lot of people into the tax net.