At some point, you need to provide your TIN (taxpayer identification number) when entering a transaction. Instances such as paying tax, applying for a business permit or a bank account, or even signing up for an account in a stockbroker platform likely require a TIN verification.
If you already have your TIN, but you forgot this or lost the BIR document, how do you retrieve this number without going to a nearby BIR office?
One of the easiest ways to do so is to visit Google and search for relevant keywords or directly go to bir.gov.ph website. However, if you cannot find the TIN verification retrieval function, then that’s because, as of writing, there’s no such facility available.
Despair not, however, as there are other ways to recover your BIR taxpayer identification number.
Before you think of applying for another TIN account, it is a criminal offense to possess multiple TINs and is punishable by law. So instead of filing for another TIN, follow the following options below:
There are at least three different ways to retrieve and recover your lost or forgotten TIN.
Call the BIR hotline.
If you reach an interactive voice response system, select the corresponding number to Verify TIN. Before calling, prepare the following: complete name, date of birth, and registered address to verify your TIN.
Visit your BIR Regional Office.
Likewise, it won’t hurt to bring supporting documents like marriage contracts (for tax-related topics related to joint business or income tax for you and your spouse.
Once you’re in the office, you can get the BIR form 1905 if you need to update personal information (address, contact details, etc.).
Ask a friend.
Visit the BIR website.
For a country with growing Internet penetration, providing government services online (just like TIN verification for taxpayers) is a win-win situation for both the government and its citizens. It saves everyone time and makes facilities more efficient, as manpower assigned to this task can augment shortages in other tax-related roles.
After all, helping taxpayers facilitate their accounts is part of making it easier for them to settle tax obligations to the government. Soon as we learn, this new system is in place, and this article will be updated accordingly.
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