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Tax identification number for foreign citizens

What is the tax identification number

The tax identification number provides a means of identification of foreign citizens in their relations with public authorities and other administrations. For individuals, it is determined on the basis of personal data and is made up of an expression of 16 alphanumeric characters.

How to apply for a tax identification number abroad

Non-resident individuals who need to obtain the tax identification number can apply for it to the Italian consular authorities in the Country of residence.

How to apply for a tax identification number in Italy

Non EU citizens can obtain the tax identification number either at the Single desk for immigration “Sportelli Unici per l’immigrazione” or by any Police headquarters “Questure”. The Single desk for immigration issues the tax identification number to citizens who apply for entry into the Country either for employment purposes or for reunite with their family. Police headquarters assign the tax identification number to foreign nationals who require either the issuance or the renewal of a residence permit.

In any other situation, the tax identification number can be obtained from the offices of the Italian Revenue Agency, by submitting a request indicating  the personal data and the residence for tax purposes where the card should be delivered.

Citizens from non-EU Countries must submit at least one of the following documents:

  • a valid passport with visa (if required), or any other document accepted by the Italian authorities
  • a certificate of identity issued by the Italian diplomatic or consular authorities of  the Country of nationality (with photo)
  • a valid  residence permit (permesso di soggiorno)
  • an ID card issued by the municipality of residence in Italy.

Non-EU citizens must also prove that they have the right to stay, even temporarily, in Italy.

Citizens of European Union may apply for the tax identification number to any office of the Italian Revenue Agency showing, along with the request for the assignment, a valid identification document (identity card or passport).

What to do in case of incorrect data on the tax identification number card

In case of incorrect data showed on the tax identification number card, a replacement must be required to any office of the Italian Revenue Agency, showing a valid identification document.

What to do in case of loss or theft

You can request a duplicate of the tax identification number by filling the request online.

As an alternative, you can request it directly  to a territorial office of the Italian Revenue Agency.