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There are different ways of applying for a tax file number (TFN) – it depends on if you are:
To get a TFN, you need to give us evidence of your identity. If you use evidence of identity documents to do this, the documents must be unaltered originals – see How do you provide evidence of identity documents?
You will find a list of acceptable evidence of identity documents on the back of the TFN application form.
You can apply for your TFN online if you are a visa holder with work rights, such as:
When you apply this way, our electronic systems verify your identity through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's systems. Make sure that you keep a record of your receipt number.
To apply for your TFN online, you need both a:
If you are an Australian citizen, use the Australia Post office locator to check if you're able to attend an interview at a participating Australia Post retail outlet. If so, you can apply for a TFN on the web.
Otherwise, you will need to complete the paper form Tax file number - application or enquiry for individuals (NAT 1432).
If you are applying for a Centrelink benefit, you can apply for your TFN at the same time. The Centrelink officer will check your identity documents and give them straight back to you, then forward your application to us.
A protected person is someone who is 16 years or older and unable to sign their own application.
If you are applying on behalf of a protected person who is an Australian citizen, use the Australia Post office locator to check if you're able to attend an interview at a participating Australia Post retail outlet. If so, you can apply for a TFN on the web.
Otherwise, phone us on 13 28 61 between 8.00am and 6.00pm, Monday to Friday, to discuss how to apply on behalf of a protected person and the identity documents you need to supply. We have special arrangements in place to help you with the application process.
Appointees can include:
If you are a secondary school student, the quickest and easiest way for you to get your TFN is via the secondary schools TFN program.
Applying this way is easy because your school verifies your identity – you don't need to provide any evidence of identity documents.
However, you will still need to include on the form some details from one of the following:
Check with your school to see if it is part of the program.
All evidence of identity documents that you bring to our shopfront must be originals, except for documents that you do not own, such as when your name appears on the back of your parent's Australian citizenship certificate. In this case, you can give us a certified copy of the document.
There are some situations where you can post us certified copies of identification documents – for example, if you:
You can apply for a TFN at any age. However, if you are:
If your parent/guardian signs your application, they need to meet all evidence of identity requirements for both themselves and you. They also need to provide evidence that links you with them – for example, a full birth certificate or a Medicare card.
We will mail a letter with your TFN to your nominated address within 28 days of us receiving your application. If you have not received your TFN within 28 days, phone us on 13 28 61 from 8.00am to 6.00pm, Mondays to Fridays. If you applied online, you need your receipt number.
For more information about TFNs, refer to:
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