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What is a TIN?

  • Taxpayer Identification Number in Uganda is a unique identifying number assigned to every taxpayer by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) for tax administration purposes. Any person who is likely to transact in any tax related business with URA, shall be required to apply for a TIN. The TIN is therefore an administrative requirement and applies to all taxpayers regardless of the tax transaction.

What is the importance of a TIN?

  • Acts as a security measure on transactions regarding assets.
  • Enables one to import or export goods.
  • Used to claim tax benefits.
  • Enables access bank loans.
  • Used to acquire a trading license from local government or KCCA to undertake business.
  • Register one’s car and process stamp duty on land transactions above UGX 50 million.
  • Facilitates the administration of a taxpayer’s tax affairs.
  • Correspondences with URA
  • Management of your account on the URA web portal.
  • Filing VAT Refunds
  • Payments of tax and non-tax revenue
  • For customs transactions (imports and exports)
  • To interface with other clients

How to register for a TIN online?

  1. Visit
  2. Go to e-services.
  3. Under register for Tax, click instant TIN for individual taxpayer.
  4. Fill in the required fields.
  5. Click submit

How do I apply for the new TIN/ E-Registration?

  1. Please visit the URA web portal,
  2. Click on eservices, select register for taxes on your right-hand side and Select the Application form you want to fill.
  3. Select new form and download TIN template, save the template maintaining the name given by the system.
  4. Open the template and enable macros-see the guide on the read me worksheet (You should see the following message “Please DO NOT cut and paste any values in the sheet”) confirming that macros are enabled.
  5. Enter the relevant information in the template in the required format

TIN Number Application Requirements for Individual Applicants;

For Citizens/Residents;

  • National Identification Number (NIN) or Alien ID Number

For Non-citizens; any valid two of the following;

  • Passport
  • Driving licence
  • NSSF Card
  • Work Permit
  • Visa
  • Refugee ID
  • An appointment letter or Employment ID (for employees)
  • A registered Business name (if you are engaged in a sole proprietorship business)
  • A valid email address
  • A valid Mobile phone number

TIN Number Application Requirements for Non-Individual applicants;

  • A Business Registration Number (BRN) – Mandatory of Uganda
  • Incorporated/registered entities
  • A valid email address
  • An authorized contact person (an individual)
  • Required attachments

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