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April 29, 2022

Myanmar Introduces Taxpayer Identification Number Requirement

A recent notification (No. 20/2022) from Myanmar’s Ministry of Planning and Finance requires all companies and organizations in Myanmar, including nonprofits, to apply for a taxpayer identification number (TIN) by June 30, 2022, or within 90 days of establishment.

TINs were stipulated in the Tax Administration Law 2019, but up until this notification there had been no clear mandatory implementation. The notification, which took effect on April 1, 2022, signals the government’s intention to improve tax management tasks in the country, offer more efficient tax services, and streamline taxpayer registration procedures in Myanmar.

The section of the Tax Administration Law about TINs states that the Internal Revenue Department is responsible for determining and issuing each TIN. In accordance with this, the notification requires that any entity that was formed and registered (i.e., at the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration, or—for nonprofits—at any government department or organization) before April 1, 2022, must apply for a TIN by June 30, 2022. Those established or registered on or after April 1, 2022, are to apply for a TIN within 90 days of registration.

After registering for a TIN, taxpayers must use the number for all tax-related purposes—including income tax, commercial tax, and special excise tax—as well as for liaising with the Internal Revenue Department (e.g., to submit tax returns), making payments, importing goods, applying for exporter and importer licenses, and conducting business transactions (e.g., tenders).

For more details on these TIN requirements or any aspect of taxation regulations in Myanmar, please contact Tilleke & Gibbins at [email protected].

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