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NSSF is compulsory for every employer and their employee(s) in the private sector. For the employer, registration with NSSF should be done as soon as the company is set up. On the...
The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) is a state scheme established under the NSSF Act [Cap. 50 R.E 2018] to provide social security services to members from private and informal sectors in Tanzania. Its function entails members' registration, contribution collection, investing collected contributions, and payment of benefits to members.
NSSF is compulsory for every employer and their employee(s) in the private sector. For the employer, registration with NSSF should be done as soon as the company is set up. On the other hand, any person from age 18 up to 60 years old and is an employee is eligible for registration.
Those in any of these categories are eligible for registration with the NSSF scheme:
First, one has to register as a member to acquire an NSSF number in Tanzania. All eligible persons shall be registered to the Fund using the National Identification Numbers (NIN). However, new members who shall not have obtained NIN at the time of the registration are registered under the “Registration without NIN Portal.”
For employers, registration starts with submitting a registration request and filling out Form NNSF/R1A is available at any NSSF office throughout Tanzania. The next step is to participate in a photo-capturing process and wait for your social security number to be processed.
For employees, they follow a similar process as outlined above. However, those whose employers are registered are required to fill out Form NSSF/R3A.
Every registered employer is required to remit to NSSF 20% of the employee’s monthly salary. The 20% is a joint contribution whereby the employee should contribute 10% of their monthly salary and the employer the other 10%. However, employers may opt to contribute at a higher rate.
You can visit the nearby NSSF office in Tanzania and request to know your balance. Alternatively, you can check your NSSF balance via mobile SMS. Here is how to check your NSSF balance via phone:
Note: To access NSSF Mobile services, you’ll need phone credit since you’ll be charged about TZS. 150 each time you check your NSSF balance.
NSSF Fund provides 7 benefits to its members, categorized as long-term and short-term benefits. Long-term benefits include:
Its main objective is to guarantee income security to the elderly members by providing periodic payments upon attaining pensionable age. The compulsory pensionable age is 60, while the voluntary age is 55 to 59.
What makes a member eligible for a retirement pension?
This pension guarantee income security to a member who has permanently lost their earning capacity due to an accident or illness.
Who qualifies for an invalidity pension?
This pension is payable to an insured person who:
This pension is a benefit paid to dependents of a deceased NSSF member. It’s aimed to compensate for the loss of economic support previously provided by the deceased. In this case, dependents refer to the spouse, children (under 18), or parents (where there is no child or spouse) of the deceased.
What are the qualifying conditions for the survivors’ pension?
It’s payable to the dependents if, at the time of death, the deceased:
Note: short-term benefits entail funeral grants, maternity, unemployment, and health insurance benefits.
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