Siyambalapitiya unveils plan linking NIC to TIN for streamlined IRD registration

Thursday, 25 January 2024 01:10 –      – 25

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State Minister of Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya has announced ongoing efforts to link a person’s National Identity Card (NIC) number to their Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN).

This initiative aims to streamline the registration process for nearly 15 million individuals aged 18 and above, utilising a bio database to assign TIN numbers based on the NIC number.

Siyambalapitiya stated that a program is in progress to provide TIN numbers in groups, with the active support of the Department of Registration of Persons.

This strategic decision, made during a recent discussion, aims to enhance accessibility for the general public, providing an easier avenue for obtaining TIN numbers alongside the ongoing regular system.

“This transition will contribute to the creation of a transparent data system related to State revenue,” he added.

With the upcoming introduction of digital identity cards, he said the Government envisions the establishment of a robust data system that seamlessly integrates various aspects.



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