IR launches TIN verifier app

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    The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has launched its Mobile Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) Verifier app as part of its digital transformation program.

    The Department of Finance (DOF) said in a statement yesterday the mobile application lets taxpayers validate their TINs by simply typing relevant information on their smartphones.

    Arnel Guballa, BIR deputy commissioner, said the app is available on both the App Store for those with IOS-enabled smartphones, and on Google Play for Android smartphone users.

    “The BIR Mobile TIN Verifier App is a service channel for taxpayers to send online TIN validation and TIN inquiry using their mobile phones with real-time response from the concerned BIR office,” Guballa said during a recent DOF executive committee meeting.

    Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) No. 13-2021 was issued last month by BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay to inform all internal revenue officers and employees of the availability of the TIN Verifier app, and instructed them to encourage taxpayers to download the app and disseminate information about this new BIR-developed digital tool.

    “The development of the mobile application is one of the bureau’s efforts in its digital transformation by giving our taxpayers a convenient way and alternative in availing of the TIN validation service instead of going physically and queueing in the BIR district office,” Dulay said in RMC 13-2021.

    He said the BIR will continue to accept walk-in validation and inquiries about TINs in the bureau’s district offices to serve taxpayers with no access to this mobile service.

    The DOF said the new mobile TIN verifier app is expected to discourage the proliferation of illegal activities, particularly the selling of unauthorized or fake TIN cards online, as this digital tool requires the user to input relevant information before one can validate or inquire about a TIN.

    The BIR said it was able to apprehend several of these online sellers of fake TINs last year.

    The TIN Verifier requires the user to input his or her complete name, birthdate, address, civil status and spouse name (if applicable), and take a selfie together with a valid government-issued ID before proceeding to use the application. – Angela Celis