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How To Apply For TIN Number Offline and Online: Nigeria

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Tax identification Number Application

You cannot run a serious business without a corporate account for reasons I will highlight later. But one of the preconditions for opening a corporate account in Nigeria is Tax Identification Number otherwise known as TIN Number. Other requirements are validly registered business or company. If you don’t know the difference, you can refer to my article Difference Between Company and Business for proper guidance.

In this article, I will show you how to correctly apply for TIN Number in Nigeria.

Important Notice!   

This tax identification number guide is for companies registered pre-2021, but if you have recently registered your company, the TIN will come with your Certificate of Incorporation.

If you are unsure if you company has been previously issued TIN or not, head to TIN Verification Portal, Select search criteria, Enter search value, Complete Captcha task and Click Search.       

Offline Registration

Once a company is incorporated, the next step is to apply for tax identification number. Failure to do so may cause problems for the company now or in future. Yes, everybody must pay their fair share and that include your company.

Beyond paying their fair share, other reasons companies may want to apply for TIN are;

  • If it is going to apply for government loan
  • Need an import and export license
  • When it needed tax clearance, allowance, waiver, incentive
  • Want to move fund to a foreign account
  • If it is taking part in government auction

For comprehensive details read more at firs website

TIN Application

Document Preparation

Prepare 2 copies of the following documents;

  • Certificate of incorporation as issued by CAC
  • Memorandum and Article of Association as issued  by CAC (Applicable only to company)
  • Pre Incorporation documents as issued by CAC (Form CO7, Form CO2)
  • Valid means of identification
  • Passport Photograph
  • Company Seal
  • Two Application letters addressed to TAX CONTROLLER.
  • Utility Bill

Once you have these documents ready, head to any FIRS Office nearest to you. You will be required to fill a form. The information to provide includes;

  • NAME OF COMPANY:
  • REGISTERED OFFICE:
  • PRECISE NATURE OF BUSINESS:
  • DATE OF INCORPORATION:
  • NAME AND ADDRESS OF TAX REPRESENTATIVE:
  • DATE THE COMPANY COMMENCED BUSINESS:
  • ACCOUNTING DATE:
  • NAME AND ADDRESS OF BANKERS:
  • PARTICULARS OF MAJOR SHAREHOLDERS:
  • NAME AND ADDRESS OF AUDITORS:
  • PARTICULARS OF DIRECTORS:

If you are able to complete this process at a sit, within 48 hours, your TIN will be emailed or send as SMS to the email or phone number you provided while filling the form.

Online Registration

In alternative to offline application above, you can now apply for your business/company TIN online. To apply online, head over to e-registration portal and complete the required task.

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