A Tax Identification Number (TIN) is assigned to an individual who will soon be paying taxes, either as an employed or self-employed income-earner. However, a lot of people are wondering if, as an unemployed individual, they too could apply for their TIN.
The answer is yes.
Under Executive Order 98 (E.O. 98), persons transacting with government offices may be issued a TIN should this be required of them. Common examples of government agencies that require TIN are LTO, NBI, and DFA. The person requesting for the TIN may or may not be employed, self-employed, or a licensed professional; he or she could be unemployed and still be given a TIN if the reason for application falls under the provisions of E.O. 98.
How to get a TIN if you are unemployed:
- Secure and fill out the BIR Form 1904. Make two copies – submit one copy to the BIR and have the other copy stamped received; keep this as your copy.
- Attach a copy of your PSA Birth Certificate or any document that bears your name, address, and birthdate.
- Submit the accomplished form and attachments to the RDO that has jurisdiction over the applicant’s residence.
- The BIR will advise you when you can come back to claim your TIN card.
Note: The BIR will check to confirm that you have not been issued a TIN in the past. Remember that it is unlawful to be assigned two TINs – this is considered a criminal offense and is punishable pursuant to the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997.
Tomorrow we shall feature the steps you need to follow if you lose your TIN ID.
If you have questions about your TIN or tax payments, you may visit the website of the BIR at www.bir.gov.ph
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