By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has announced new changes in the existing Tax Identification Number (TIN) application form.
Ian Rumanyika the URA acting assistant Commissioner Public and Corporate Affairs said the tax body has made changes in the existing Tax Identification Number (TIN) application form.
Rumanyika further explained that this is to improve the experience of their clients and attend to the changes in the tax regime, technology and the business environment.
He noted that the new web-based form offers a simplified user-friendly process, replacing the existing MS Excel-based form adding that in doing so, they have guaranteed that the process is faster and more convenient.
He stated the improved TIN application process has started with the individual TIN applications by converting the current TIN application form from MS Excel Template into a web form to facilitate a better taxpayer registration experience.
“The URA and NIRA systems have been synchronized to validate and auto-populate particulars like the name, surname, gender, first name, middle name, citizenship and date of birth once a National Identification Number (NIN) has been provided by the applicant,” said Rumanyika.
“We acknowledge the collaboration of our sister agencies NIRA and URSB for working with URA to achieve this taxpayer service enhancement milestone. We urge the public to always share feedback with us on how we can further improve our service offering, he said.
He explained that for the case of TIN applicants with businesses, the tax body and URSB system have been synchronized to allow for auto-population of business details like the business name once the business registration number has been provided by the taxpayer.
Regarding the online sign-off –terms and conditions, Rumanyika said TIN applicants will no longer have to print, sign off and deliver the signed terms and conditions form to the nearest URA office in physical copy as has been the case.
He said they will instead acknowledge their agreement with the terms and conditions by ticking the terms and conditions agreement tab.
He said TIN applicants who are employed will only have to provide their employer’s TIN and details about their employer will be auto-populated. The TIN application service is still available, under the e-services link on the URA web portal www.ura.ug