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Das clarifies joint ID card validity

Filipe Naigulevu
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

ORGANISATIONS and institutions around the country have been advised to accept the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF)/Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) joint ID card as a main form of identification.

This is after the FRCS noted that some financial institutions, statutory authorities, education institutions and employers were not accepting the FNPF/FRCS joint ID card a valid form of identification.

Concerns had also been raised by members of the public that certain institutions were still requesting for a tax identification letter (TIN) letter as a mandatory requirement to open new bank accounts, application for a driver's licence and for employment purposes.

In a public notice issued last Friday, FRCS chief executive officer Visvanath Das clarified that either FNPF/FRCS joint ID cards or tin letter could be used for TIN requirement processes.

"It has come to the attention of FRCS that some financial institutions, statutory authorities, education institutions and employers are not accepting the FNPF/FRCS joint ID card as a valid form of identification," Mr Das stated in the notice.

"The joint ID card is a secure form of identification as it features a photograph of the applicant and contact details of the service for verification purposes.

"The joint ID card is applicable to all citizens of Fiji."

TIN requirement procedures were made compulsory in August of 2010 after being announced in the 2010 Revised Budget.

Initially, a TIN letter was required then to open a bank account, register a business, register a vehicle or obtain a driving licence.

But with the introduction of the joint ID card, the TIN letter has not been issued by FRCS.

"Where a person has a FNPF/FRCS joint ID card, a TIN letter is not required as we are phasing out issuing these letters," Mr Das said.

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