How to Get a Tax Identification Number ID in the Philippines
Any person or company who files tax statements in the Philippines is required to have a Tax Identification Number, issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Below, I will explain the process of obtaining a Tax Identification Number, including the necessary documentation and government offices.
Before you can get a TIN ID, you need a Barangay Clearance and a Cedula (Community Tax Certificate). Keep reading for steps on how to obtain those as well.
How to Obtain Barangay Clearance
Before you can get your TIN, you need to get Barangay Clearance, which certifies your good standing as a resident. (For those readers not familiar with the Philippines, a Barangay is our most local unit of government.)
This can be done at your local Barangay Hall. You must present a voter ID or voter registration record number, and the clearance is only valid for 60 days from the date of issuance.
How to Obtain a Cedula (Community Tax Certificate)
You will also need to obtain a Cedula. Same as the Baranga Clearance, you can also get this from your local Barangay Hall. Expect to pay around ₱20 for the Cedula, and prepare to show at least one form of ID.
Getting a TIN from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)
First find the nearest BIR office in your area. Be sure to go before 8:00 a.m. to avoid long lines.
Along with your Barangay Clearance and Cedula, which you will have already obtained from the Barangay, you will need to present photocopies of the following documents to the BIR:
- Birth certificate: should be a National Statistics Office-authenticated copy or a certified copy from your local Civil Register.
- Employment Certification from the company where you work: you cannot apply for a TIN as an unemployed person, unless you are reapplying for a driver's license.
- The TIN of the company you work for.
After giving them the required documents, you will be asked to fill out a form. After turning in the form, you will wait for your name to be called, and when your name is called you will be given you TIN ID card.
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