How To Apply For Tax Identification Number (TIN) In Nigeria

How To Apply For Tax Identification Number (TIN) In Nigeria

TIN Application portalThe necessity of tax payment in Nigeria cannot be overstated. As a matter of fact, tax payment is one of the basic obligations of a citizen of any country. A government of every nation cannot do without taxes.  Given this background, we bring to you How To Apply For Tax Identification Number (TIN) In Nigeria so you can be able to contribute your quota to the development of the nation.

This guide on How To Apply For Tax Identification Number (TIN) In Nigeria is very important for both individuals, business owners and business corporations. The Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) is a unique number allocated and issued to identify a person (individual or Company) as a duly registered taxpayer in Nigeria.  Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) is to be used by that taxpayer alone.

How To Apply For Tax Identification Number (TIN) In Nigeria

Before we give you the guide on how to obtain your TIN, let’s consider the requirements before you apply.

Requirements For TIN Application

The requirements vary according to who is applying for the TIN. We have classified them differently for easier understanding.

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For Individuals

  • Duly completed TIN Application Form
  • Form of identification – National Driver’s License, International Passport, National Identity Card, Official (Staff) ID card, Certified copy of your full birth certificate
  • Passport size photo (if unemployed)
  • Contract of employment or letter from employer
  • Utility bill

For Self-Employed Persons

Not incorporated but has register the business name with the Corporate Affairs Commission:

For Incorporated Companies

  • Certificate of Incorporation forms CAC2 and CAC7
  • Your memorandum and article of association
  • Your company seal – this will be used to stamp the TIN registration forms at the FIRS office.
  • Utility Bill – PHCN or Water bills
  • A written application to the office of the FIRS chairman on your company’s letter headed paper
  • The completed TIN application form (The FIRS office gives this form in triplicates, so you are expected to fill and submit the forms). The tax application will request for the following information:
  • Name of your Company
  • Registered Office of your company
  • Business Address of your company (you may leave this blank if your registered office is same as your business address)
  • Precise Nature of your Business
  • Date of company Incorporation
  • Date the Company Commenced Business
  • Accounting Date of your company
  • Name and Address of Banker(s) (if you have opened a bank account)
  • Particulars of Major Shareholders of your company
  • Particulars of Directors of your company
  • Name and Address of Auditors for your company
  • Name and Address of Tax Representative of your company

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The original copy and 2 photocopies of each document, the originals are required for sighting only, one copy will be left with the FIRS, and one copy will be stamped and signed by an FIRS official as evidence that you have made an application.

How To Apply For Tax Identification Number (TIN) In Nigeria

Having seen the requirements, let’s show you how you can now apply for TIN.

  1. After having the above requirements ready, you can approach any Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) Office near you to collect the form and fill it.
  2. Afterwards, submit it and follow any other instruction you will be given till you TIN is given to you.


  1. If you are a new business owner, you TIN will be processed for you at the same time of your registering your new business. So, you will not need to re-apply for it again.


  1. Log onto the TIN Application portal
  2. Select and click on anyone you want to apply for (whether personal, corporate or business).
  3. Fill the application form.
  4. Follow whatever else you are asked to do.

Finally, be informed that TIN application is free. Take Note.

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Having seen the guide on How To Apply For Tax Identification Number (TIN) In Nigeria, you can now start your application.

If you have any question, we will be glad to attend to them. Kindly use the comment box below. Please, also share this to help others. Thank you.

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