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What is TIN Number?

Tax Identification Number or TIN is the unique identification number that is mandatory for any business enterprise that is registered under VAT. TIN typically consists of 11 characters and is provided by the income tax department to all the business enterprises who want to get themselves registered under CST or VAT.

Just like Permanent Account Number (PAN) is an identification number for individuals who pay tax, TIN number is also an identification number that is assigned to business entities for tracking their transactions. The idea behind TIN is to merge all tax-related information of a business that is operating in different states and carrying out inter as well intrastate transactions.

Importance of TIN Number

  • TIN number is important as it integrates all essential tax-related information and makes it available under a single platform. It also helps with the identification process of assets under the IT Act. 

  • Tax identification number is required for business entities specialising in manufacturing, exporting, trading and dealing with purchase as well as sale of goods and services. 

  • Information of any business entity can be accessed easily by the government where the business is present, thereby helping with the streamlining of inter and intrastate transactions.

Format of TIN number

TIN number has a total of 11 characters. The first 9 characters are assigned by the government and the last characters depict the state of the applicant. 

How to Get a TIN Number?

Post the Tax Identification Number 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. To get your TIN, you can search in the TIN database online at https://www.tinxsys.com. The website shows dealer information along with the status of their registration.

How to Apply for a TIN Number Online?

If you are wondering how to get a TIN number, there is a standard process of application 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: After successful, log in to the portal.

  • Step 3: Enter the necessary details and fill out the TIN application form that is on the portal.

  • Step 4: Upload all the supporting documents.

  • Step 5: After submitting the TIN application, it will be verified by the IT department of your state.

  • Step 6: After the verification is done, you will be issued a Tax identification number and provisional certificate.

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

Documents Required for TIN Registration

A Tax Identification Number requires a specific set of documents for successful TIN registration. The documents required also vary from place to place. 

  • Address proof

  • Identity proof

  • Passport-sized photos of the business owner

  • PAN card of the business owner

  • Address proof for the business

  • References

List of State Codes for First Two Digits of Taxpayer Identification Number 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

 

Difference between GSTIN and TIN 

GSTIN Number

TIN Number

GSTIN number or Goods and Services Tax Identification Number is a tax registration number that comes under the Goods and Services Tax (GST). It is a 15-digit number that is assigned to taxpayers state-wise. This is what the 15 digits means:

  • First 2 digits: State code 

  • Next 10 digits: PAN number of the taxpayer

  • 13th digit: Registration number based on the state

  • 14th digit: It is always Z

  • 15th digit: It may be an alphabet or a number.

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

TIN number has a total of 11 characters. The first 9 characters are assigned by the government and the last characters depict the state of the applicant. 

Before the GSTIN number came into play, all business owners who had registered under the VAT of the state were given a Tax Identification Number (TIN) by their respective state. After the implementation of GST, all of this was made available under one platform and the TIN number was replaced by the GSTIN number.

It is provided by the Income Tax department to all the business enterprises willing to register under CST or VAT.

FAQs

✔️Are Tax Identification Number(TIN) and PAN number the same?

No, A TIN is not the same as a PAN number. Permanent Account Number (PAN) is an identification number for individuals who pay tax, TIN is an identification number that is assigned to business entities for tracking 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 are required to have the Tax Identification Number or TIN.

✔️Is TIN the same as TAN?

No. Tax Identification Number is an identification number for taxpayers who do business whereas TAN is an identification number for individuals eligible for whom TDS is deducted on behalf of the IT department.

✔️What is aTIN number in india?

Tax Identification Number or TIN is the unique identification number that is mandatory for any business enterprise that is registered under VAT. TIN typically consists of 11 characters and is provided by the income tax department to all the business enterprises who want to get themselves registered under CST or VAT.

✔️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 Number database through https://www.tinxsys.com.

✔️How to get a TIN number?

You can get a Tax Identification Number by applying for it online.