If you've decided to live in Turkey and intend to apply for a residence permit, one of the first things you'll need is a vergi numarası (tax number). Having a tax number doesn't cause you to be liable for taxes. It's just a number to positively identify you whenever you make a financial transaction.
What is a Tax Number?
A tax number is a number used by the Turkish government to identify companies and individuals when they make financial transactions. Foreigners in Turkey may get a tax number by presenting their passport at their local İlçe Vergi Dairesi (District Tax Office).
You'll also need a tax number to open a bank account, set up utilities for your residence, buy property, and pay property-related fees and taxes, among other things.
How to Get a Tax Number
Getting your tax number is probably one of the easiest transactions you'll have while in Turkey. Just take your passport and a copy of your passport's photo and information page to your local tax office. The tax office may be inside a larger complex called a Maliye (Finance Office). Take a number and wait, then when they call you, tell the person at the desk that you need a vergi numarası. Give them your passport and your passport copy. They'll know what you need and will give you your tax number on the spot.
Once you get your tax number, record it in a place (like a document on your computer) or photograph it with your smartphone, so you don't lose it.
How to Find Your Local Tax Office
There's a tax office in every ilçe, or district, in every il, or province, of Turkey. To find the one in your district, search Google or Google Maps with the name of your district and the key phrase "vergi dairesi."
You can also use the website of the Gelir İdaresi Başkanlığı, (Tax Administration) to find the nearest tax office. Here is the link you will need:
Select the province you're in from the drop-down list or click on it using the map. The tax office in that province will appear in a list below, along with their addresses and telephone numbers.
Your Foreigner Identification Number
When you receive your residence permit card, it'll have your 11-digit Yabancı Kimlik Numarası (Foreigner Identification Number, or YKN) printed on the front. You can then use your YKN instead of your tax number for all of your financial transactions.
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