How to Obtain a Tax Clearance Certificate

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What is a Tax Clearance Certificate?

A tax clearance certificate is issued by the Benin Revenue Authority (BRA) and it certifies that a taxpayer has complied with all known tax requirements at the time of issuance.

How long does it take to get a Tax Clearance Certificate?

Normal processing time for a complete and accurate Tax clearance certificates application is 1 to 3 business days. For incomplete applications (missing information, missing supporting documentation and/or outstanding tax liabilities) processing may take up to 5 business days. If all documentation and tax obligation issues are not settled within these 5 business days, a new application is required.

Why do I need a Tax Clearance Certificate?

A Tax Clearance Certificate is required and useful when you want to:

  • To bid on or receive payment for a government contract
  • Sell a business
  • Apply for a bank loan
  • Contest a public election
  • Provide a service to the government and certain private organizations
  • For how long is a Tax Clearance Certificates Valid?

    There are three Types of Tax Clearance Certificates:

  • Tax Clearance Certificate Type:
  • Valid For:
  • Provisional
  • 3 Months (90 Days)
  • Regular
  • 6 Months (180 Days)
  • Annual
  • One Year (360 Days)

  • Provisional tax clearance certificates are issued to new business or businesses that have not consistently paid their taxes. Regular tax clearance certificates are issued to businesses that consistently pay their taxes. Annual tax clearances certificates are issued to businesses that are have a good track record of paying their taxes.

    How do I obtain a Tax Clearance Certificate?

    1) Write a letter of request to the Commissioner of Domestic Tax, or complete a Tax Clearance Application.

    2) Submit the following supporting documentation along with your letter or application to the Taxpayer Service Center:

    Supporting Documents Checklist

    Tax Identification Number (TIN)

    Valid business registration certificate

    Copy of payroll (current month)

    Receipts for the following tax payments:

    1. Withholding on wages and salaries

    2. Withholding on either rent or lease (notarized, and a revenue stamp affixed)

    3. Advance payment of income tax (2% or 4% quarterly payment)

    Taxpayer Identification Numbers for all employees/contractors

    Articles of Incorporation

    Certificate of Accreditation

    Annual activity report (for NGOs)

    How much does it cost to obtain a Tax Clearance Certificate?

    Tax clearances are absolutely free.