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Tax File Number Application Form Australia


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Tax File Number Application Form Australia


This resource provides a number of steps an agency or organisation should consider taking to protect the privacy of Tax File Number (TFN) information, and ensure they comply with the binding Privacy (Tax File Number) Rule 2015 (TFN Rule) issued under s 17 of the Privacy Act 1988 .


When requesting an individual's TFN, the investment body must take reasonable steps to ensure that application forms and prospectuses for new facilities are positioned in reasonable proximity to each other, are clearly distinct from other information requested, and have the following elements included:


The Instructions for Form W-7 list 13 documents that can be used to prove foreign status and identity. A foreign passport is the only one that can stand alone (i.e., establishes both foreign status and identity). If a passport is submitted, there is no need to submit any other documents. If a passport is not submitted, a combination of at least two other documents, with at least one containing a photograph, must be submitted with the ITIN application. The IRS will accept copies of original documents, if the copies have been properly certified by the government agency (foreign or domestic) which issued the documents. If you will need your original documents for any purpose within 60 days of submitting your ITIN application, you may wish to apply in person at an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center or CAA. You may also choose to submit certified copies from the issuing agency instead. Note: A passport that does not have a date of entry is no longer accepted. For more information see Instructions for Form W-7PDF.


The TFN was introduced initially to facilitate file tracking at the ATO, but has since been expanded to encompass income and other data matching. The TFN consists of a nine digit number, usually presented in the format nnn nnn nnn. Strict laws require that TFNs may be recorded or used only for specifically authorised tax-related purposes.[3][4]


The primary purpose of the expanded TFN system is to allow the ATO to collect income and other information for taxpayers (officially known as "data matching"). This is done by the ATO requiring paying entities (e.g., banks, employers, publ