Tax BlogHow to Get a TIN For Businesses in the Philippines

October 8, 2023

A Tax Identification Number (TIN) is a pivotal identifier you’ll need throughout your lifetime, as it’s indispensable for various paperwork and transactions. If you haven’t obtained your TIN yet, here’s your comprehensive guide on getting one in the Philippines.

Understanding TIN:

A Tax Identification Number (TIN) is a distinctive and enduring identifier issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to individuals or organizations. Its primary purpose is to ensure accurate and timely tax payments. The BIR TIN is crucial in identifying taxpayers when filing tax returns, tracking tax obligations, and monitoring payments.

Much like the Social Security System (SSS) number, PhilHealth number, and Pag-IBIG number, the TIN is indispensable for dealings with government agencies. It’s also a requirement for various transactions, including permit applications, voter registration, opening bank accounts, and vehicle registration with the Land Transportation Office (LTO). Additionally, having a TIN is a prerequisite for obtaining a TIN ID card, a valid ID in the Philippines.

Who Needs a TIN?

In the Philippines, anyone earning income, whether a Filipino citizen or a foreign national, is obligated to pay taxes and must register with the BIR to acquire a TIN. Furthermore, non-taxpayers may also be required to obtain a TIN under Executive Order (EO) 98 when engaging in transactions with the government or financial institutions like banks and stockbrokers. Here are some categories of individuals and organizations that should apply for a TIN if they haven’t already:

  • Self-employed individuals (including freelancers, online sellers, sole proprietors, and professionals)
  • Mixed-income earners (employees with additional income from freelancing, entrepreneurship, or professional services)
  • Estates and trusts (local or foreign)
  • Employees in the Philippines (local or foreign)
  • Corporate taxpayers in the Philippines (Filipino-owned or foreign-owned, including corporations, partnerships, cooperatives, NGOs, and homeowners associations)
  • Individuals registering under EO 98 to conduct transactions with government offices (including unemployed Filipinos and tax-exempt Overseas Filipino Workers)
  • One-time taxpayers (those paying capital gains tax, donor’s tax, estate tax, or tax on winnings for the first time)

TIN Requirements for Businesses:

To obtain a TIN for corporations and partnerships, follow these steps and prepare the necessary documents:

  1. Complete BIR Form 1903 (Application for Registration for Corporations/Partnerships).
  2. Provide a photocopy of the SEC Certificate of Incorporation, Certificate of Recording (for partnerships), or License to Do Business in the Philippines (for foreign corporations). Additionally, submit Articles of Incorporation or Articles of Partnerships.
  3. Furnish BIR Printed Receipts/Invoices or a final and clear sample of Principal Receipts/Invoices.
  4. Include other relevant documents as applicable, such as a Board Resolution designating the authorized representative or a Secretary’s Certificate (for authorized representatives), franchise documents (for common carriers), memorandum of agreement (for joint ventures), franchise agreements, certificates of authority (for Barangay Micro Business Enterprises-registered entities), proof of registration/permit to operate with specific agencies, and relevant documents for cooperatives, government-owned entities, and homeowners associations.

How to Get a TIN for Corporations and Partnerships:

Here’s a step-by-step process to acquire a TIN for corporations and partnerships:

  1. Visit the Revenue District Office (RDO) with jurisdiction over your head or branch office.
  2. Submit the TIN requirements to the New Business Registrant Counter (NBRC).
  3. Pay the necessary BIR fees, including the annual registration fee and the documentary stamp tax. If you print your receipt/invoice elsewhere, apply for an Authority to Print.
  4. Attend the scheduled initial briefing for new business registrations at the RDO.
  5. Receive essential documents, including the Certificate of Registration (BIR Form 2303), Notice to Issue Receipt/Invoice, BIR-printed receipts/invoices or Authority to Print (if applicable), a received copy of BIR Form 1901, and proof of payments.

Deadline for TIN Registration for Corporations and Partnerships:

Non-individual taxpayers must apply for a TIN on or before commencing their business operations or within 30 calendar days from obtaining the business permit or SEC Certificate of Registration, whichever occurs first. This should also be done prior to any tax payment.

In summary, obtaining a Tax Identification Number (TIN) in the Philippines is essential for individuals and businesses, ensuring compliance with tax obligations and facilitating various transactions with government agencies and financial institutions. It’s a foundational requirement for taxpayers and should be secured promptly to avoid any complications in the future.

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