General News of Sunday, 2 December 2018
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has reminded that the Tax Identification Number (TIN) is a prerequisite for the registration of vehicles.
This latest announcement was part of the DVLA’s communique on its shift to an electronic platform for registration in January 2019.
A statement issued by the DVLA and signed by its Public Relations Manager, Francis Asamoah Tuffour, said the move is to “ensure that the time spent at the DVLA office is reduced drastically to prevent overcrowding”.
As a result, individuals who want their vehicles registered next year are to from Monday, December 3 to 2018 begin the pre-registration process pending payment on January 2, 2019.
In the bigger picture, this will be viewed as the latest step by the Akufo-Addo administration to formalize the economy and ensure tax compliance because the TIN has now become a mandatory component of vehicle registration.
All employed Ghanaians must acquire a TIN to fulfill the Revenue Administration Act (RAA), 2016, Act 915.
The TIN is a prerequisite for passports, opening of bank accounts and other essential services in Ghana.
Also gaining prominence is the use of the digital address.
The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, recently suggested that embassies operating in Ghana may soon start demanding digital addresses from Ghanaian visa applicants.
The digital address also factors in when opening bank accounts and registering for passports, among other things.
Things you cannot do without the TIN
Clearing goods from the ports
Registering your land document with the Lands Commission
Obtaining a tax clearance certificate from GRA
Opening a bank account
Registering your company at the Registrars General’s Department or any
District Assembly office
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
Obtaining payment for contracts done for the government
Filing a case at the courts
Obtaining a passport from the passport office
Obtaining a driver’s license and registering your vehicle at the DVLA
Bidding for contracts from a government agency
Conducting business with Ministries, Departments and Agencies
Conducting business with Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies
How easy is it to get the TIN?
There have been mixed reviews about the ease with which Ghanaians can acquire a TIN.
Whilst the process has been relatively easy for some, others have complained of too much bureaucracy and even corruption from some GRA officials.
“In February this year, my husband and I went to register at the Adentan Office. My husband acquired his the following day, but the officials told me mine was not ready. This November, I went back and they are told me they are unable to get any records of mine,” a citizen said to Citi News.
Deputy Commissioner in charge of Communications at the GRA, has admitted the challenges that have bedevilled the issuance of the TIN.
He gave assurances that the GRA will open more administrative offices across the country to fast-track the process.
He also advised applicants to make use of the online platform created for the registration to ease the pressure at the district offices when he spoke to Citi News.