New Method To Get Tax Identification Number (TIN Number) Easily

As a Nigerian citizen who owns a business, or working in a private organization or even in the civil service, you are expected to have your tax identification number (TIN number).


This TIN number is what identifies individuals, corporate organizations as registered tax payers in Nigeria.

To obtain your TIN number, there are procedures by the Joint Tax Board (JTB) in Nigeria you must adhere to.

With the modern and more advanced electronic system which is interconnected to every state, the Joint Tax Board has made it possible in easily obtaining your TIN number easily with no cost.  With this system, the issue of multiple taxation on individuals and companies by the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) is now a thing of the past.

How To Apply For Tax Identification Number (TIN Number) in Nigeria Easily

Although, the process to apply and collect your tax id number might see you fill an application form for the purpose of identity verification. We shall give out some important guidelines when filling the form which can be easily obtained at any tax office near you.

These guidelines are not limited to the following

  1. It is important to fill any section on the form marked by an asterisks (*) symbol.
  2. You must provide a valid email address that will be used during the application process.
  3. You must also provide a registered mobile phone number (11 digits).
  4. When filling your name and address, characters must not exceed 200 words including symbols and letters.

For individuals seeking the TIN number whose business has not been dully registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), below are their requirements

  • A TIN application form that has been dully completed
  • A valid identification document which shall be used for verification. This documents might be an international passport, National Drivers’ License, National Identity Card, or even Staff Identity Card

Below are the requirements for a Company or Business registered with the CAC that wants to obtain the TIN number:

  • A TIN application form that has been dully completed
  • Business name registration certificate (for Enterprise or Business) or Certificate of incorporation (for Companies) showing the registration number in either case
  • Documents that has the following information
    • The date when the business started
    • The current address of the business
    • The Principal location of the business

After providing the above as either and individual or organization at the tax office, you will need to update the TIN obtained from the tax office. Here, you will only need your valid email address and registered phone number that you used during the registration process.

The next stage is now the verification of the updated TIN. This is to make sure that your tax identification number is in line in doing business transactions with other Government bodies like NAFDAC, Nigerian Custom Service, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and other legal bodies/agencies.

There are some times when registering for TIN comes with registration for Value Added Tax (VAT) and Company Income Tax as well. This is done when your company or business has been in operation for six months and has been registered.

It is compulsory to file monthly VAT and tax returns after you have registered your Tax Identification Number (TIN).


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Jide Adeyoye Franklin

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