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Tax ID Number: How to Apply for JTB or FIRS TIN in Nigeria

The TIN number is a unique number issued and allocated to individuals or companies to identify them as registered tax payers in Nigeria. If you are a Nigerian working with the Government or the private sector, a business owner in operation or with an intent to start up one, you will need a TIN.


    – Individual Taxpayers require a valid means of identification details.
    – Non-Individual Taxpayers if registered with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) requires a correct CAC number.
    – Other forms of Non-Individual Taxpayers without CAC registration should enter any other means of identification. 

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    Difference between TIN and VAT Numbers

    The Tax Identification Number (TIN) identifies the company (or other legal entity) to the inland revenue service, which is completely separate from VAT.
    The VAT registration number is an indication that a company is registered for VAT or Value Added Tax.

    If your business wants to charge your customers VAT, it’s compulsory that you first get your TIN. Once you obtain your TIN, you can obtain your VAT. Both can be done at the same time at the FIRS.

    Register TIN Online via Joint Tax Board Portal – https://otr.jtb.gov.ng

    The Joint Tax Board has an improved electronic system for obtaining you TIN number and this is FREE.  The system makes it possible for you to be identified electronically anywhere around Nigeria and is also in use by the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) in all the states. To begin visit the portal on https://otr.jtb.gov.ng

    How to Obtain a TIN application form

    TIN application is done at FIRS office. An application form will be given to all applicants when requested for. 

    To obtain a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) as an Individual

    – 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
    – Passsport size photo (if unemployed)
    – Contract of employment or letter from employer
    – Utility bill

    To obtain a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) as Self Employed person

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

    – Duly completed TIN Application Form
    – Application letter on your company letter headed paper
    – Business Name Registration Certificate
    – Utility bill
    ​- Note: Official Business Stamp is required

    Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) Application for Incorporated Company

    – Duly completed TIN Application Form
    – Application letter on your company letter headed paper
    – Memorandum & Articles of Association (MEMART)
    – Certificate of Incorporation
    – Particulars of  the Company Directors
    – Statement of Share Capital
    – Company seal or Official Company Stamp

    – Utility bill

    Note that Non-Individual Taxpayers will need to provide the originals and copies of following documents;

    1. Certificate of Incorporation
    2. Memorandum and Articles of Association
    3. Statement of Share Capital and Return of Allotment
    4. Particulars of Persons who are First Directors of the Company
    5. Company Seal
    6. Utility Bill
    7. TIN Application Letter on company letter head

    TIN Application Form (Pick this up from the FIRS office)

    Duration and Cost of Obtaining TIN in Nigeria

    Getting a Tax Identification Number is FREE. The application process can be done at FIRS office and can take up to 3 weeks.

    How to Validate your FIRS or JTB TIN Online

    Tax payers can perform a TIN verfication using their FIRS or JTB TIN via the FIRS webportal on https://apps.firs.gov.ng/tinverification.
    To begin login the portal and follow the instructions;
    Search using Tax Identification Number (TIN)
    * Select Tax Identification Number on the Select Search Criteria Dropdown list below

    *Input your TIN (FIRS or JTB TIN) in the Search value field, input the correct captcha image text and click on the search button
    Search using CAC Registration Number
    * Select CAC Registration number in the search criteria dropdown list then enter the Number Registered with Corporate Affairs Commision preceeded by the corresponding alphabets e.g RC12345 for Corporate entities and BN12345 for Enterprises or as the case may be in the search value field.

    * Input the correct captcha image text and click on the search button
    Search using Phone Number
    * Select ‘Registered Phone Number’ on the Select Search Criteria Dropdown list below
    * Input your phone number in the Search value field, input the correct captcha image text and click on the search button

    How to Recover Your Tax Identification Number (TIN)

    If you lost your TIN, Go to your local FIRS office with your Certificate of Incorporation and any other documents you have available which you used to obtain your TIN the first time around.
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