Reasons why TIN is very important in Ghana


Effective April 1, 2018, persons without a Tax Identification Number, TIN will find it difficult to conduct official business and access some basic public services in Ghana.

A TIN is a unique 11-digit number generated by the GRA for persons including corporate entities upon application. It is part of efforts to improve tax compliance and broaden the tax net.

It is free to obtain the number and the GRA encourages the reporting of persons who demand payment to process it.

The Commissioner General of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Emmanuel Kofi Nti at a press briefing on Tuesday said persons without a TIN will be unable to open a bank account, file a case in court, acquire a passport or obtain a driver’s licence.

Mr. Nti however, stated that persons without TIN numbers will also be unable to register a vehicle, clear goods in commercial quantities from the ports or register any title to land or any document affecting land.

“I wish to reiterate that registration for TIN comes at no cost to the taxpayer, it is absolutely free…we appeal to the public to take note that this is a free service and to report any staff of GRA who violates this principle. Such erring staff will be severely sanctioned,” he added.

List of things you cannot do without a TIN in Ghana

  • Open a bank account
  • Clear goods from the port
  • Register your land document with the Lands Commission
  • Obtain a tax clearance certificate from GRA
  • Register your company at the Registrars General’s Department or any District Assembly office
  • Obtain payment for contracts done for the government
  • File a case at the courts
  • Obtain a passport from the passport office
  • Obtain a drivers license and register your vehicle at the DVLA
  • Bid for contracts from a government agency
  • Conduct business with the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies
  • Cannot conduct business with the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies
  • Receiving any payment from the Controller and Accountant General or a District Assembly in respect of a contract for the supply of any goods or provisions of any services


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