Kenya Revenue Authority has introduced an online facility for Personal Identification Number (PIN) and Tax Compliance Certificate (TCC) verification.
The facility known as PIN & Tax Compliance Certificate Checker will enable taxpayers and the public to verify the authenticity of PIN and Tax Compliance Certificate and ascertain if they are genuine and valid. The Authority introduced the facility following numerous complaints of fake PIN and TCC in circulation.
Verification can be done by logging on into the KRA website address:
http://www.kra.go.ke/notices/tcc-checker.html for PIN and TCC respectively.
Over the years, the PIN has become a vital document for any individual or company wishing to conduct various transactions. For instance, one cannot open a bank account without a PIN. A PIN is a requirement for registration of a title deed, approval of plans and payment of water deposits to local authorities, registration and transfer of motor vehicles, registration of new business and requests for trade licences. Other services for which a PIN is a pre-requisite are importation of goods, payment of deposits for power connections and government contracts for goods and services.
A TCC is a mandatory document for business entities wishing to conduct transactions with government agencies and public bodies. The TCC is issued to business companies with a clean tax record and is normally valid for six months after which a renewal is requested.
A major advantage of the facility is that one does not have to visit KRA offices to carry out verification. The verification can be done from the comfort of one’s desk. What is needed is a computer and internet access.
Government agencies and business entities are the major beneficiaries of this facility due to the large numbers of tenders they handle. The agencies and business entities will be able to verify if the PIN and TCC forwarded to them by those bidding for services and goods are genuine and valid.
In this regard, KRA has requested the Public Procurement Oversight Authority to inform the government agencies and public bodies of the facility to enable them countercheck the tax compliance status for those seeking to do business with them.
The facility is expected to boost revenue collection and enhance tax compliance.