In this article, I will show how you can get your TIN manually and online using the eREG system of BIR. Besides, you will learn how to get tin ID online. I’ll also show the needed documents in getting your TIN for your business and employment purposes. At the end of this article, you will learn to verify your TIN and get your TIN online.
If you’re wondering if you can get your TIN even unemployed, the answer is yes. Let me show you how to do it. First, let me tell you what the TIN Number is and why you need to have it.
What is the 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. Important in filing your taxes to the government.
Take note only the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in the Philippines is responsible for issuing and assigning TIN and tin ID. Furthermore, every applicant must have a different number. An additional purpose of getting a tin ID is required in online business registration.
How to Get TIN Number for Business Purposes
Check out this video on how to get your TIN fast and easy.
Step 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 Self-employed individuals, mixed-income earners, and estates/trusts.
Those individuals earning compensation income purely and non-resident citizens or resident alien employees will use the BIR Form 1902 for registration.
Corporations and partnerships, 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 transact with any government office) should use the BIR Form 1904.
Step 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
- The extraordinary 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 You will use the business name)
- 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
- 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, Corporation must submit a photocopy of the License to Do business in the Philippines.
- 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 for those exempted from the imposition of ARF.
- BIR Form No. 1906 and Sample of Principal Receipts or Invoices
- Board resolution indicating the authorized representative’s name and Secretary’s Certificate if other people will be processing the application.
Step 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. The amount to be paid for the documentary stamps will depend on the business’s nature and the applicant.
Step 4: Get the Certificate of Registration from the RDO (Regional District Officer)
Get your certificate of registration to your nearest RDO.Warning: There are only two ways to get your TIN online. Don’t accept if someone will offer you to apply for your TIN online BIR, or your employer can do that.
How to get tin ID
How to get a tin ID? you must secure your TIN online or apply manually. You can apply for a tin ID for one day, depending on the number of applicants. Here are the important reminders on how to get tin ID.
- No fee in getting tin ID- it’s only “FREE.”
- If you lost your tin ID, you could still get your tin ID, but at this time, you have to pay a minimal amount.
- You can only get your tin ID manually—no way to get your tin ID online.
Here are steps on how to get tin ID.
- Find a local office of the 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 a valid ID or other reasonable requirements.
- Get your Tax Identification Number in the releasing window in your local BIR office.
- Make it laminated if it is not a plastic ID.
How to Get TIN Number Online using eREG System
Who can apply for TIN online? According to the eREG System web application system for various taxpayer registration services, such as TIN issuance, payment of registration fee, and issuance of Certificate of Registration. It is available for corporate or Non-Individual Taxpayer-Employers to facilitate the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) of their employees. Corporate or non-individual employers registered with the Bureau shall enroll an authorized user to access the system and issue its new employees' TIN without existing TIN.
The eREG System is currently available for use by Corporate taxpayers only. For registration of your new employees, please visit the Revenue District Office where you are registered. Click here for more details on how to apply for the TIN online using eREG.
Online services are suitable for those who don’t want to lose their patience in the long line. These services are very efficient, especially for working full time and no time to go to their local BIR office. However, this online registration is only for employers, not for all. If you don't have an employer, you will get your TIN on the nearest RDO.
Find the nearest RDO
How to Get TIN Number for Employment
Before you decide to get your TIN for employment, make sure to inform your HR department to assist you. Here are the tips on how to get a TIN in the Philippines.
Step #1: Visit your local BIR office.
If you're currently employed, and your residence is different from your place of employment, you should get your Tax Identification Number (TIN) from your employment place.
Step #2: Get the application form for employment.
If you want to make it fast, you can BIR form 1902 and fill in the information, including that intended for your employer. Here are the requirements that you should have.
- 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)
Step #3: Process and Get your TIN Number in one day
When it is your first time getting your TIN, you don't have to worry about payment. Yes, it's free, and you can also start to process your TIN ID. Make sure to get your TIN ID in your RDO or BIR, not on any person.
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What will happen if you have Multiple TIN Numbers
In the Philippines, every taxpayer must possess one TIN only. Having multiple Taxpayer’s Identification Numbers should be reported to the nearest RDO. If you discovered that you have numerous TIN’s, make sure you say them to the BIR to avoid future penalties.
What if You Lost Your TIN
If you lost your TIN or can't remember, don't be sad. There are still ways to get your TIN. First, you can ask your employer who can verify your TIN using the ereg system. Second, you can email or visit your RDO to verify your TIN.
Furthermore, the Bureau of Internal Revenue is trying to create an application and soon be download from the play store and app store for IOS.
How to Get TIN for OFW's
If you're working abroad and need to set up a TIN, you have options according to the RMC 103-2020.
- Apply through authorize representatives. Make sure to provide SPA to trust someone to get your TIN. The proof of registration or the tin has been issued is when the BIR Form No. 1904 officially stamped.
- Via email:email@example.com. Those who apply via email must submit the scanned copy of BIR form 1904 and the passport page. Also, you need to submit a certification or any proof of absence from the Philippines.
After reading this, you've learned the necessary documents and things to do to get the TIN in the Philippines. If you have any questions, you may be interested in reading these top ten questions regarding registration with BIR. Read the latest revenue regulation issued for related party transactions.
Finally, you've learned the only two ways to get a TIN manually and online. If you want to verify TIN Philippines, all you have to do is contact us, or you may visit your nearest RDO.