What is TIN number and How to apply for Tin Number?

TIN number, you may hear this first time when you newly into business or otherwise you can know it from someone who already doing business within India. By reading this post, you can know that what TIN Number is? Who needs it and How to apply for TIN?


What is TIN number?

TIN stands for Taxpayer Identification Number, is unique number allotted by Commercial tax department of respective State. It”™s an eleven digit number to be mentioned in all VAT transactions and correspondence.

TIN number is used to identify dealers registered under VAT. First two digits of TIN indicate the issued state code. However, Other 9 digit of TIN creation may differs by state governments.

TIN is applied for both sales done within a state or between two or more states. Tin is also being used to identify dealers in the same way like PAN, to identification of assesses under income tax act.

Who Needs TIN number?

Tin number registration is must for Manufacturer/Traders/Exporters/Dealers. It comes to new registration under VAT or Central sales tax will be allotted new TIN as registration number. However, all state commercial tax department of India has stipulation to provide new TIN to existing Manufacturer/Traders /Exporters/Dealers to replace their old registration / CST number.

So, there is no difference in VAT/CST/TIN because these days only one number is needed for all type of sale you made. TIN number is called VAT number when it used for intra state sales. The same TIN number is being considered CST number when it requires.

Documents required to Apply TIN number

1. ID Proof / Address proof / PAN card of proprietor with 4 to 6 number of photographs
2. Address proof of Business premises;
3. 1st Sale / Purchase Invoice, copy of LR/GR & payment/collection proof with bank statement
4. Surety/Security/Reference.
Please check the applicability of each state

How to apply for TIN number?

Gone are the days standing in long queues to submit an application to Government Department. E Government as swept all over India. This can be done by online.

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VAT will soon be replaced by GST. How to move from VAT to GST?

Goods and Services Tax also known as GST is a single indirect tax which will replace VAT from 1st July 2017.

Also Read:  What is GST? How to register for GST in India?


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  1. ILAY PATEL 2 years ago

    we want to apply for tin no

  2. anilkumar 2 years ago

    hai iam a nre person i want take tin number .my place in kerala trivandrum.i want to start one small busines in kerala .now iam still in abudhabi how i apply in online please reply.thanks

  3. Suresh kumar 2 years ago

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  4. vasim 2 years ago


  5. Umesh Kumar 2 years ago

    I want to start proprietor ship firm. What are the legal formalities i h ave to complete for it. VAT, TIN no. & GST. Will GST replace all these VAT and Tin no etc…

    Let me know the minimum cost also.

    • master 2 years ago

      GST will replace all these. Please get in touch with a Local Chartered Accountant to take help!

  6. manoj thakur 2 years ago

    Apply to tin no

  7. soumya ranjan ojha 2 years ago

    What is LR/GR ???
    And vat returns whta is..

    • master 2 years ago

      LR – Lorry Receipt used to denote a Delivery
      GR – Good received note

  8. lalit 2 years ago

    i want tin number

  9. lalit 2 years ago

    How to use it?

  10. aman goyal 2 years ago

    hiii friend I have a tin

  11. chandrashekhar patil 2 years ago

    i am going to start a new business,
    so, what legal terms i have to necessary

    and how to apply them

  12. Ramkishna 2 years ago

    Is metal fabrication business requires TIN no???

  13. Rajeev Ranjan 2 years ago

    How can get TIN mumbee

  14. hariharan.S 2 years ago

    Sir i started my own company how to apply

  15. Bijay Malik 2 years ago

    Dear sir,
    This is to inform you that I want to know how to create my TIN Number and whom should I contact for my first business transaction..

    Bijay Malik

  16. Ajeet Kumar Ray 2 years ago

    Sri Mujhe tin no ke liye online form apply Karna hai kaise karu Pls help me

  17. Gaffarkhan 2 years ago

    I’m a retailer small investment 30000 rupees maligai store so GST.

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  19. Hemanth 2 years ago

    In which year TIN was introduced

  20. vinod kumar 2 years ago

    respected sir
    is now we need tin number?

  21. Kamlesh tiwari 2 years ago

    I have a service tax registration and i registered in gstin
    Now i want to aad goods business in same gst so what should i do

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