Tax Identification Number (TIN), in India,  is an unique identification number required for any business entity registered under the Value-Added Tax (VAT) system. Businesses engaged in manufacturing, exporting, trading, and transactions involving goods and services must possess a tax identification number.

 

TIN, an 11-character code, is issued by the Income Tax Department for businesses registering under Central Sales Tax (CST) or VAT.  The first 9 characters are assigned by the government and the last characters depict the state of the applicant. 

 

Just like Permanent Account Number (PAN), TIN is also an identification number that is assigned to business entities for tracking their transactions. 

 

State Codes for TIN in India

Sr. No.

State Name

State Code

TIN number - First two digits

1

Andhra Pradesh

AP

28

2

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

AN

35

3

Assam

AS

18

4

Andhra Pradesh (New)

AD

37

5

Arunachal Pradesh

AR

12

6

Bihar

BH

10

7

Chattisgarh

CT

22

8

Chandigarh

CH

04

9

Delhi

DL

07

10

Daman and Diu

DD

25

11

Dadra and Nagar Haveli

DN

26

12

Gujarat

GJ

24

13

Goa

GA

30

14

Himachal Pradesh

HP

02

15

Haryana

HR

06

16

Jharkhand

JH

20

17

Jammu and Kashmir

JK

01

18

Kerala

KL

32

19

Karnataka

KA

29

20

Lakshadweep Islands

LD

31

21

Manipur

MN

14

22

Madhya Pradesh

MP

23

23

Maharashtra

MH

27

24

Nagaland

NL

13

25

Mizoram

MI

15

26

Meghalaya

ME

17

27

Odisha

OR

21

28

Punjab

PB

03

29

Pondicherry

PY

34

30

Rajasthan

RJ

08

31

Sikkim

SK

11

32

Tripura

TR

16

33

Tamil Nadu

TN

33

34

Telangana

TS

36

35

Uttarakhand

UT

05

36

Uttar Pradesh

UP

09

37

West Bengal

WB

19

How to Apply for a TIN Number Online?

There is a standard application process to get your tax identification number. Mentioned below is the step by step guide to apply for a TIN.

  • Step 1: Go to the website of your respective state government and register at the portal for VAT

  • Step 2: Log in to the portal

  • Step 3: Enter the necessary details and fill out the TIN application form  

  • Step 4: Upload all the supporting documents

  • Step 5: After submitting the TIN application, it will be verified by the I-T department of your state

  • Step 6: After the verification is done, you will be issued a TIN and provisional certificate

  • Step 7: A VAT inspector will come to the business address for the final verification process and issuing of the TIN

 

Post TIN allotment, you will be recognised as a registered dealer and be allowed to do your business that involves sales of goods. The company’s invoices and, in some cases, the sellers as well, will now mention your TIN number. 

Documents Required for TIN Registration

The TIN registration necessitates specific documentation, with the required documents varying depending on the location. 

  • Address proof

  • Identity proof

  • Passport-sized photos of the business owner

  • PAN card of the business owner

  • Business address proof  

  • References

Difference Between GSTIN and TIN

Parameter

Goods and Services Tax Identification Number (GSTIN) 

Tax Identification Number (TIN) 

Applicability

GSTIN is a tax registration number that comes under the Goods and Services Tax (GST)

TIN is an identification number that is required for every business entity that is registered under VAT

Format

It is a 15-digit number that is assigned to taxpayers state-wise

It consists of 11 characters with the first 9 assigned by the government and the last 2 indicate the applicant’s state 

Purpose

Facilitates streamlined tax collection and compliance under the GST regime

Used for state-wise tracking of transactions under the VAT system

How to Check the TIN Application Status?

Here are the steps you need to follow to check the TIN application status online: 

  • Step 1: Check the status on the NSDL tracking website 

  • Step 2: Enter the 14-digit TAN acknowledgement number

  • Step 3: Select the application type on the portal

  • Step 4: Complete the captcha and click on submit 

  • Step 5: The screen will display the TIN status

 

You can also check the status through the below-listed offline modes:  

  • Call 020-27218080 to verify TIN application status

  • Text ‘NSDLPAN’ to 57575 with the acknowledgement number 

FAQs

Are TIN and PAN the same?

No. While a Permanent Account Number (PAN) is assigned to individuals for tax purposes, a TIN is issued to business entities to track their transactions.

Who requires a TIN number?

The Tax Identification Number(TIN) is required for businesses specialising in manufacture, trade, export, and dealing with services and goods.

Is the TIN number and GSTIN number the same?

Goods and Services Tax Identification Number (GSTIN) replaced the Tax Identification Number(TIN) in 2017 when the GST regime was put into effect.

Does everyone need to have a TIN number?

Only businesses that are registered under the CST or VAT system are required to have the Tax Identification Number (TIN).

Is TIN the same as TAN?

No. The Tax Identification Number (TIN) is for business taxpayers, while TAN is for individuals subject to TDS deductions on behalf of the I-T department.

What is a TIN number in india?

Tax Identification Number (TIN) is the unique identification number that is mandatory for any business enterprise that is registered under VAT. TIN, a crucial identifier for businesses seeking CST or VAT registration, is an 11-character code issued by the Income Tax Department.

How to apply for a TIN number online india?

You can apply for TIN online by logging into your respective state government official website and filling out the application.

Where to find a TIN number?

Once issued, your Tax Identification Number will be mentioned in all the invoices raised by the company and will also be mentioned to the seller in some cases. 

How to find a TIN number?

You can search the TIN database through https://www.tinxsys.com.

How to get a TIN number?

You can get a tax identification number by applying for it online.

What are the consequences of not including TIN on an invoice in a sales transaction?

Failure to include the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) in sales documents may result in penalties imposed by the state, varying in amount.

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