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How to Get TIN Number?


Every Filipino in the Philippines is required to get TIN number. Do you want to know how to get the tin number? Here are the things you should know on how to get a tin number in your local BIR office and tin number online. Learn these five (5) simple and easy steps in getting your TIN in the Philippines as fast as you can. In this article you will learn also how to get TIN Number online and the requirements needed in getting TIN Number.

Let’s talk first about “what is Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)“? And why do you need it? Let’s start with the meaning of TIN.

What is TIN Number in the Philippines?

Every person is required by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to have this number. This Taxpayer Identification Number is used in making, rendering, or filing a tax return to the BIR. This number must be indicated in your return.

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in the Philippines is the one who is responsible for assigning the numbers to the applicant. Every applicant must have a different number.

How to Get TIN Number?

1. Secure an Application Form in getting TIN in the Philippines

Individuals will use different forms in filing their application for Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TIN). There are four different types of application forms depending on the type of business organization/earner.

BIR Form 1901 is used for individuals who are Self-employed, mixed-income earner, and estates/trusts.

For those individuals who are earning purely compensation income and non-resident citizens or resident alien employees will use the BIR Form 1902 for registration.

Corporations and partnership, including government-owned and controlled corporations, will use the BIR Form 1903 for registration

Application for Registration of one-time taxpayer and persons registering under EO 98 (securing a TIN to be able to transact with any government office) should use the BIR Form 1904.

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2. Submit the Documentary Requirements and Other Forms

For Self-employed and Mixed Income Individuals

  • BIR Form 1901
  • Identification cards that show the name, address, and birth date of the applicant
  • Photocopy of Mayor’s Business Permit or duly received an application for a business permit, if still in process with the LGU (Local Government Unit) and Professional Tax Receipt/Occupational (optional).
  • Proof of Payment of Annual Registration Fee for existing TIN or applicable TIN issuance
  • BIR Form 1906
  • A sample of principal receipts or invoices
  • Special power of attorney and ID of an authorized person if another representative will process the application

Estates-Judicial Settlement and Trusts

  • BIR Form 1901
  • Photocopy of the Death Certificate of the deceased and judicial settlement
  • DTI Certificate of Registration Business Name (if the business name will be used)
  • For Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBE) registered shall submit Certificate of Authority.
  • For BOI-Arm, PEZA, BCDA, and SBMA shall submit the proof of Registration or permit to operate.
  • Franchise Documents and Marriage contract if applicable.

Individuals earnings Purely Compensation Income/Non-resident and OFW’s

  • BIR Form 1902
  • Identification cards that show the name, address, and birth date of the applicant
  • Marriage contract if applicable
  • For non-resident citizens and aliens shall submit the passport with Visa or any valid identification cards for OCW’s or seamen earning purely foreign-source income.
  • Working permit/contract duly received the application for alien employment permit by the DOLE.

Corporations, Partnerships including GOCC’s whether Taxable/Non-Taxable

  • Photocopy of SEC certificate of Incorporation or certificate of Recording for partnership
  • In case of foreign cooperation of photocopy of License to Do business in the Philippines must be submitted
  • Articles of incorporation (Corporation) or Articles of Partnerships (Partnership)
  • Photocopy of Mayor’s Business Permit or duly received an application for Mayor’s Business Permit if still processing with the LGU.
  • New sets of permanently bound books of accounts
  • Proof of Payment of Annual Registration Fee, except those who are exempted from the imposition of ARF.
  • BIR Form No. 1906 and Sample of Principal Receipts or Invoices
  • Board resolution indicating the name of the authorized representative and Secretary’s Certificate if other people will be processing the application.

3. Pay the Annual Registration Fee and Documentary Stamps

Pay the annual registration fee is 500 pesos only at the New Business registrants Counter in the BIR office. Amount to be paid for the documentary stamps will depend on the nature of the business and the applicant.

4. Get the Certificate of Registration from the RDO (Regional District Officer)

Get your certificate of registration to your nearest RDO.

5.    Be Knowledgeable with the Rights and Duties as a Taxpayer

Attend the taxpayer’s initial briefing to be conducted by the RDO concerned for new registrants in order to appraise your rights and duties and responsibilities as a taxpayer.

How to Get TIN ID?

Are you wondering if how you can easily get a tin number easily in the Philippines? If it is your first time to get tin number and you’re not familiar how to do it, here are the simple tips to do.

  • Find a local office of Bureau of Internal Revenue for inquiry.
  • Ask for the TIN application form and fill up all the information needed. For more information about the BIR Form, please check the above information. If you are not sure about the form you needed to get, drop your comments bellows.
  • After you completed the application form, submit it together with valid ID’s or other valid requirements.
  • Get your Tax Identification Number in the releasing window in your local BIR office
  • Make it laminated if is not a plastic ID.

How to Get TIN Number Online?

Online services are good for those who don’t want to lose their patience in the long line. These services are very efficient especially those who are working full time and no time in going to their local BIR office.  Are you looking for tips on how to get TIN number online? Unfortunately, at this time, these services are not the application.

On May 9, 2019, the Deputy Commissioner issued a memorandum regarding the unavailability or inaccessibility starting on that date. You may visit this link to have more updates on the availability of this system. But for the time, I advise you to visit your local BIR office.

How to Get TIN  Number for Employment?

Before you decide to get your TIN number for employment, make sure to inform your HR department to assist you. Here are the tips on how to get a tin number in the Philippines.

  1. Visit your local BIR office.
  2. Get the application form for employment. Don’t submit it yet to the BIR. Do you know why? You need to submit it to your employer to fill up the other information. Make a checklist of these documents before submitting it to your employer.
    • Any identification issued by an authorized government body (e.g. Birth Certificate, passport, driver’s license, Community Tax Certificate) that shows the name, address and birth date of the applicant;
    • Marriage Contract, if applicable;
    • For Alien Employee – Passport; and
    • Working Permit; or Photocopy of duly received Application for Alien Employment Permit (AEP) by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)
  3. Submit BIR Form 1902 to the Revenue District Office (RDO) having jurisdiction over the place of office of the employer where such employee is expected to report for work.

TIP: New employees shall accomplish and file the application within ten (10) days from date of employment.

What will happen if you have Multiple TIN Number?

In the Philippines, every taxpayer must possess one TIN only. Having multiple Taxpayer’s Identification Number should be reported to the nearest RDO. If you discovered that you have multiple TIN’s, make sure you report it to the BIR to avoid future penalties.


After reading this, you’ve learned the necessary documents and things to do on how to get the tin number in the Philippines. If you have any questions, you may be interested to read this top ten question regarding registration with BIR.

If you have any question not included in this article, you can drop your comments below. We’ll appreciate it. Don’t forget to share and rate if you find this article interesting and helpful.

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