The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has denied assertions from members of the public that the Tax Payers Identification Number (TPIN) is another form of tax.
ZRA Corporate Communications Manager Topsy Sikalinda says the information is to the contrary but merely an identification process to benefit the Zambian people.Mr. Sikalinda said the Authority will not deduct a single ngwee or Kwacha from the citizens of Zambia but encouraged individuals and corporate entities to submit their particulars at their respective banks.
Mr. Sikalinda was speaking in an interview in Lusaka yuesretday.
“ZRA will not deduct a single coin from the people or bank account holders. TPIN is just an identification like a number on the green national registration card (NRC),” he said.
Mr. Sikalinda disclosed that the Authority is receiving overwhelming response from members of the public, corporate bodies and organizations who have registered their TPINs.
The Corporate Communications Manager further disclosed that over 336,000 individuals including organisations have so far been captured by the Authority as of February month end.
Mr. Sikalinda said the Authority issued a total of 270,000 TPIN certificates last year far beyond the target of 87,000 to applicants compared to 16,000 certificates in 2016.
He regretted that applications from the members of the public could not all be issued with TPIN certificates because of some incorrect data on their application forms.
He said ZRA receives an average of 1,500 TPIN applications on a daily basis.He commended the Bankers Association of Zambia, commercial financial institutions as well as individuals who have complied and registered their TPINs.Meanwhile, Mr. Sikalinda said the March 31st deadline for TPIN registration is final and there would not be any extension after that date.
He disclosed that the Authority is currently conducting vigorous sensitization campaigns in order to educate the Zambian populace on the need for TPINs.