Obtaining a Tax Payer Identification Number(TIN)


Those who are liable to pay income tax, value added tax (VAT), Optional VAT, NBT, Economic Service Charges (ESC). Pay as you earn tax (PAYE) and stamp Duty or should be Importer/Exporter.

Process of Submitting Applications

Tax Payer Service Unit: 1st Floor,  Department of Inland Revenue, Sir Chittampalam A Gardiner Mawatha, colombo 02

Places from where Applications can be Obtained

Tax Payer Service Unit: 1st Floor Department of Inland Revenue, Sir Chittampalam A Gardiner Mawatha, colombo 02

or from Regional Offices. Or download

Fees Payable for Obtaining Application Forms


Hours for Submitting Applications

From 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Fees Payable for Obtaining the Service


Time Taken for Providing the Service  (Ordinary Service and Priority Service) 

In respect of the duly completed applications along with the required documents, the certificate will be issued within 20 minutes.

Supporting Documents Required
  • If an Individual Business or partnership
    i. Certificate of the business registration.
    ii. Photocopy of the National Identity Card of the owner/partners
  • If Limited Company Registered Under Companies Act 7 of 2007
    i. Articles of Association
    ii. Certification of Registration
    iii. Form 1 certified by Register of Companies.
    iv. Form 40, Form 41
  • Commercial invoice and Bill of Lading for the purpose of import activities.
  • In case of Export activities, Export License issued by Export Development Board.
  • Photocopies of all the documents requested should be furnished with the application.
  • The application form issued by this section for companies should be signed by a director and that signature should be confirmed by the Memorandum of association or form 48. / Form 1 and Articles of association.
  • In case of Income Tax payers, the receipt of last payment.(If Applicable)

Staff Officers in-charge of the Service
Designation Name Division Tel.No. Fax
Assessor Mr. A.A. Wickramathilake Tax Payer Service Unit +94-11-3009018
Assessor Mrs. S.A.E.R. Suraweera Tax Payer Service Unit +94-11-3009288

Officers are transferred under the annual transfer scheme. 

Exceptions or instances outside the above requirements and special information.

For obtaining the certificate
  • In case of Particular business, the owner should come.
  • In case of a partnership one of the partners should come.
  • In case of a company the director should come.
When any others person comes he should submit a proper letter of authority.
Completed  Specimen Application Form
Organization Information
Department of Inland Revenue
Inland Revenue Building,
Sir Chittampalam A Gardiner Mawatha,
P.O. Box 515
Colombo 02.

Mr. D. R. S. Hapuarachchi
Telephones:+94 11 2 135135
Fax Nos:+94 11 2 337777
Website: www.ird.gov.lk	 


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