How To Get A Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) From Philippines Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)?

Any person, whether natural or juridical, required under the authority of the Internal Revenue Code to file a return, statement or other documents, shall obtain a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) to be indicated in the return, statement or document to be filed with the Bureau of Internal Revenue, for proper identification for tax purposes. You will be using the TIN for anything that has to do or relates with tax filing. It would be wise to get your Philippine Taxpayer Identification Number first before you apply for a job to facilitate the recruitment and hiring documentation process.


At present, the BIR embarked on a series of reforms that aim to promote efficiency in tax enforcement and compliance, one of which is the development and maintenance of an updated taxpayers’ database. The use of Tin is highly important in tax administration as it will allow BIR to know who the taxpayers are, where they are located, and whether they are active or inactive.



As a law abiding citizen, individual, or corporation, you should file your taxes with the BIR. To be able to do so, you need to obtain your TIN first. You can apply for your TIN online through their internet portal, but only if you are under these taxpayer categories

  • Self-employed individuals such as Single Proprietors and Professionals
  • Mixed income earners
  • Individuals or employees earning purely compensation income
  • Taxpayers under No. 98



BIR forms needed to get your Philippine TINumber

  1. BIR Form 1901 – Application for Registration of Self-employed and Mixed Income Indivviduals, Estates/ Trusts
  2. BIR Form 1902 – Application for Registration of Individuals Earning Purely Compensation Income, and Non-resident Citizens/ Resident Alien Employee
  3. BIR Form 1903 – Application for Registration of Corporations/ Partnerships (Taxable/ Non-taxable)
  4. BIR Form 1904 – 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)




Documentary requirements for the application for taxpayer identification number

  1. For self-employed and mixed income individuals
  2. Individuals earning purely compensation income
  3. Non-resident citizens
  4. Corporations/ Partnerships (Including Government-Owned and -Controlled Corporations) (Taxable /Non-Taxable)
  5. One time taxpayers (With No Previously Issued TIN)
  6. Persons registering Under E.O. 98 (securing a TIN to be able to transact with any government office, e.g. LTO, NBI, DFA, etc.)



Self-employed and mixed income individuals requirements

Photocopy of Mayor’s Business Permit (or duly received Application for Mayor’s Business Permit, if the former is still in process with the LGU) and/ or PTR issued by the LGU; and the NSO Certified Birth Certificate of the applicant.



Individuals earning purely compensation income

  • NSO Birth Certificate
  • Passport (in case of non-resident alien not engaged in trade or business)
  • Waiver of husband on his right to claim additional exemptions, if wife will claim
  • Marriage contract, if applicable



Non-resident citizens

  • Passport with visa of the applicant



One time taxpayers (with no previously issued TIN)

  1. NSO Certified Birth Certificate or any valid identification card that will show the applicant’s complete name, address, birth date and signature, such as but not limited to
  • Driver’s license
  • Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) identification card
  • Passport


  1. Marriage Contract


  1. Deed of Sales


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Persons registering Under E.O. 98 (securing a TIN to be able to transact with any government office, e.g. LTO, NBI, DFA, etc.)

  • NSO Birth Certificate
  • Passport (in case of non-resident alien not engaged in trade or business)
  • Marriage Contract



Where to file your application for TIN?

  1. Go your nearest local BIR Office with the required documents and form.
  2. Submit the application form.
  3. Wait for the TIN number to be given.
  4. Request for your TIN ID card.
  5. Wait for the ID.



Want to do it fast without getting in line in BIR offices? You can apply for your Philippine TINumber here


You must have an email address to do this. BIR will send your TIN number, registration status and confirmation to your email.


Steps for eReg:

  1. Go to the BIR eReg page.
  2. Enter your info.
  3. Always review for accurate details.
  4. Wait for an email from the BIR regarding the issuance of your TIN.


You can register and ask for a new TIN only if you have never registered a TIN before. The law only allows one TIN for each person.


For e-filing, you can do it here





Contact information

Bureau of Internal Revenue

BIR National Office Building

BIR Road, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

Telephone: 02 981 7000

Customer Assistance Division (CAD): 02 981 7003; 02 981 7020; 02 981 7030; 02 981 7040; 02 981 7046



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