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Nigeria: Getting And Validating Your Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN)

nigerian_tax_payers_indentification_numberNigeria as a country and indeed all socially responsible and law abiding individuals, groups, organizations and corporate citizens will derive valuable benefits from imbibing a culture of tax compliance. 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. It is to be used by that taxpayer alone. Registration for tax purposes is a legal obligation of every person who is required to pay tax in Nigeria.

The following necessary details for obtaining and updating TIN should be presented to the tax office nearest to the address of the taxpayer.


For a Company, Enterprise or Business registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC):

1. Duly completed application form for TIN.
2. Either Certificate of Incorporation (for a company) or Business Name Registration Certificate (for an enterprise) showing clearly the registration number in each case.
3. Documents containing the following information:

•Address of company, enterprise or business
•Principal location of business
•Date of commencement of business

For an Individual who (or whose business) is not registered with the CAC:

1. Duly completed application form for TIN.
2. Any of the following valid identification documents:

•International passport
•National Identity Card
•Staff identity card
•National Driver’s License

The following rules are important:

•All information marked * on the application form must be provided
•(ii) The characters of the name i.e. letters and other symbols constituting the name must not exceed two hundred (200)
•The characters of the address also must not exceed two hundred (200)
•Email address must be unique and active
•Mobile telephone number must be eleven (11) digits e.g. (08763201210).


Updating TIN under the ‘National Single Window’ System is a requirement for taxpayers with incomplete records at the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

TIN may be updated at the tax office where it was initially generated by providing the following additional information:

a)Email address
b)Phone number

After updating, the system indicates that “The TIN has been successfully updated”.

The Joint Tax Board TIN (JTB TIN)

It is important for a person to note the following information about the JTB TIN:

1) The JTB TIN is designed to subsequently replace the current TIN and is already in use within FIRS and several other states of Nigeria.

2) The JTB TIN has ten (10) digits, it is uniform and general across Nigeria. It is unique for every registered taxpayer in Nigeria and not limited to FIRS taxpayers alone.

3) The JTB TIN is presently being issued at the point of registration and also updated by FIRS and the states which have so far adopted it;

4) Every taxpayer in Nigeria will ultimately be required to possess and use only the JTB TIN.


TIN validation is the process of confirming that the updated TIN meets the necessary conditions for transacting business with other organisations such as Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Central Bank of Nigeria, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, etc.

A taxpayer can validate his/her TIN directly on the FIRS Trade Portal i.e. www.trade.gov.ng/firs by following the simple procedure below:

i. Enter the TIN and the same email address that was provided to the tax office when updating.

ii. Next, enter the security word (captcha) and click on “Validate”.

iii. If the validation is successful, the following confirmation notice shall be displayed:
“Register with NCS – Done”.

iv. Then an automatic email notification from “Nigeria Single Window” with a log-in password and instruction on how to complete the registration process would be sent to the taxpayer’s email address.

v. Upon completing the validation exercise, an email will automatically be sent to the email address provided confirming successful validation. A taxpayer should therefore check the email.


This is for the taxpayer to re-confirm his/her updated and validated TIN. A taxpayer experiencing difficulty in validating TIN (receiving error messages) should seek professional assistance from the tax office or send an email to: tinupdate@firs.gov.ng


The benefits derivable include but are not limited to:

* Providing sustainable finance and funding for governance, public and social services and economic development.

* Promoting civic responsibility, patriotism by citizens and social responsibility by corporate citizens.

* Stimulating priority social and economic activities and sectors while discouraging less preferred ones.

* Bringing about the redistribution of wealth and bridging sharp disparities in living standards.

* Giving taxpayers the moral and legal right to demand for (thereby engendering) a culture of accountability.

* Serving as a gauge for measuring the level, growth and health of economic units and economic activities.

* Individuals and corporate organizations are conferred with definite benefits, rights and privileges in the system based on their tax compliance status.

* Tax compliance enables law abiding citizens to avoid the consequences, penalties and sanctions of non-compliance.


For ease of reference this item will address the enabling legislation, the taxpayer, how to pay the tax and where to pay the tax.

The taxes collected by the Federal Inland Revenue are as follows:


Applicable tax law- Companies Income Tax Act. Persons subject to the Companies Income Tax:

* All companies incorporated in Nigeria with the exception of companies engaged in petroleum operations.
* All non-resident (foreign) companies that earn or derive income from Nigeria.
* All organizations limited by guarantee (institutions of public character or charitable organizations) engaged in profit.
making activities other than the promotion of their primary objects.
* The liquidator, receiver, or agent of liquidator or receiver of any taxable company or organization.

Where to pay the Companies Income Tax:

Companies incorporated in Nigeria and organizations limited by guarantee pay Companies Income Tax through any of the designated banks. Once payment has been captured by the bank collecting system, an e-ticket is issued is issued the company, this e-ticket is proof of payment and when presented at the Integrated Tax Office with jurisdiction an e-receipt will be issued.

Non-resident companies make payment through remittance of tax deducted at source to the designated banks.

How to pay the Companies Income Tax

Resident companies and organizations prepare and submit annual self-assessment tax returns as specified by FIRS accompanied by the evidence of the payment of the full amount or first installment of the tax due. Payment is made to designated banks

Non-resident companies are subject to Withholding Tax (WHT) deductions on the income they earn from Nigeria. This becomes their tax upon filing returns









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