Being a taxpayer means understanding the importance of contributing a portion of your earnings for the betterment of the country. As proof that you’re a taxpayer and a responsible member of society, you can request a Tax Identification Number (TIN) ID from your nearest Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) branch.
But how to get a TIN ID, you ask? It’s not as difficult as you think. Sure, the process can get tricky with all the forms you need to keep track of. Not to mention the TIN card itself isn’t as necessary as other government IDs.
But if you need a valid ID that you can easily get within a day, then this ID is a must-have. Here are the steps on how to get your TIN ID.
General TIN ID Requirements
Before we proceed to the steps on how to get a TIN ID, you need to prepare the following TIN ID requirements, especially if it’s your first time to register as a taxpayer. Note that the TIN ID application is free.
Accomplished BIR registration form (either 1902 or 1904)
One valid ID
PSA-issued birth certificate
Community Tax Certificate
1×1 picture (if applicable)
Marriage contract (if applicable)
Where to Get TIN ID
Can you get your TIN ID in any BIR branch? No, you can’t just go to any branch for your TIN ID application.
Each taxpayer in the Philippines is assigned only one Revenue District Office (RDO) with jurisdiction over their place of residence or business. Your designated RDO is where you can pay taxes, update information, or request or replace TIN IDs. This means you need to go to your RDO to get your TIN ID.
You may check your RDO by calling the BIR Customer Assistance Division or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Get TIN ID for New Employees
For new employees, the HR department usually is the one tasked to process TIN ID applications.
Here are the steps on how to get your TIN ID for newbie taxpayers.
Accomplish BIR Form 1902 and submit the necessary requirements to your HR.
The HR will process your application for you. Just wait for your card after a few days.
If your employer required you to process your TIN application yourself, head to the RDO where your company is registered and submit all requirements there. Your ID will be processed within the day.
How to Get TIN ID for Unemployed
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For students and unemployed Filipinos above 18 years old, you can get a TIN ID under Executive Order No. 98. This EO makes the TIN ID an essential requirement to transact with other government offices.
Here are the TIN ID requirements for the unemployed and students:
Birth certificate, driver’s license, passport, Community Tax Certificate, or any other document or identification issued by an authorized government body
Passport (for non-resident aliens)
Marriage Contract (for married women)
Once you have these requirements, just follow these steps on how to get your TIN ID:
Accomplish BIR Form 1904 and bring your requirements (mainly your birth certificate) to the RDO of the city you’re residing in.
Submit the requirements to the authorized personnel.
Once your application is processed, wait for the issuance date of your TIN ID.
How to Get TIN ID for Existing Taxpayers
If you already have a TIN number and are actively paying taxes, you can just head to your company’s RDO and request a TIN ID. An authorized personnel will verify your taxpayer status and process your ID within the day.
How to Replace Lost TIN ID
If you damaged or lost your TIN ID, don’t panic. You can request a replacement card from the BIR.
Lost TIN ID Requirements
Just prepare the following requirements for replacing a lost or damaged TIN ID:
Accomplished BIR Form 1905 (Registration Information Update Form) and BIR Form 0605 (Payment Form)
For lost TIN ID: Notarized affidavit of loss
For damaged TIN ID: Old ID card and a photocopy
Marriage certificate and old TIN card (if applicable)
Steps to Replace Lost or Damaged TIN ID
Once your requirements are complete, bring them to your RDO. You can download the forms needed or get copies from the RDO.
Fill out the BIR Form 1905. Don’t forget to put an X on the “Replacement of Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) Card” under Part II.
Under “Reason/Details,” put an X on the “Lost/Damaged” box.
Proceed to the Certificate of Registration (COR) Update window and submit your accomplished BIR Form 1905 and other requirements.
Fill out the BIR Form 0605 and have it verified on the Payment window.
Proceed to your RDO’s agent bank to pay for your lost or damaged card. The replacement fee usually costs around PHP 150 to PHP 300. Ask for a BIR payment slip before paying the fee. The bank will have your Form 0605 machine-verified.
After payment, head back to the RDO and submit your machine-verified Form 0605 and the receipt to the COR Update window.
Wait for your new card to be issued to you.
You can also go through this process if you want to update the information on your card. If you want to correct a misspelling or update your civil status, just fill out the BIR Form 1905 and mark the appropriate reason with an X.
How to Verify Your TIN Number Online
When you get a new job or transact with the bank or a government office, you’ll be asked to provide your TIN. If you have lost your TIN card, it’s difficult to retrieve your TIN number, unless you’ve kept a copy of it.
Good thing, TIN verification in the Philippines can now be done online. The BIR recently launched the BIR Mobile TIN Verifier App, which is currently available for download on the Google Play Store and soon on the App Store.
What is the TIN Verifier App?
The BIR Mobile TIN Verifier App gives taxpayers a convenient and alternative way to validate their TIN using their mobile device. So instead of calling or going to a BIR office and waiting for hours, you can simply download this TIN verification app. The response to inquiries from the concerned BIR offices is given in real-time.
Now you might wonder if this app is worth using. Here’s a quick look at the advantages and disadvantages of the BIR TIN Verifier app.
TIN Verifier App Pros:
It’s free to download.
There’s no lengthy sign-up process.
It’s very easy to use and the app is clutter-free.
It offers a convenient way of validating or inquiring about your TIN.
TIN Verifier App Cons:
It’s only currently available for individual taxpayers.
You can chat with BIR Personnel on the app only from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
As it’s a fairly new app, it’s prone to bugs, hanging, and crashing
There are only limited things you can do on the app
Users also report that there are no available agents to respond to inquiries, thus the response is not really given in real-time.
How to Install the TIN Verifier Mobile App
If you want to use the app to verify your TIN number online, you have to download and install it first on your smartphone. Here’s how to do it:
To download, just go to the Google Play Store on your Android phone and search for TIN Verifier Mobile Application.
Click Install and wait for it to finish downloading.
You’ll then be asked what you want to do, so tap on TIN INQUIRY or TIN VALIDATION.
For TIN Inquiry, you’ll need to provide the following information and provide a selfie:
Selfie with a government-issued ID
Before heading down to your RDO, make sure to check with your HR representative if you already have a TIN number. Applying for two TIN IDs is punishable by law with a penalty of PHP 1,000 for every registered TIN.
The BIR has also issued a warning on fake TIN ID scams circulating online. TIN IDs are not for sale, and they can only be acquired from the BIR.
 BIR Form 1904
 BIR has TIN verifier app for taxpayers (Department of Finance)
 Advisory from BIR on fake TIN ID scam (BIR Facebook page)
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