A Tax Identification Number is a nine-digit number assigned to individuals for financial issues. Foreigners should have a tax number to be able to open a bank account which they will need for buying a property in Turkey.
Turkish Tax ID Number is required for:
• Opening a Turkish bank account
• Registering utility bills
• Paying Turkish land/council taxes
• Paying the residence permit fee
• Applying for a Turkish driving license
All Turkish citizens automatically have (Tax ID Number), since there is a legal obligation. However, foreigners staying in Turkey for more than 90 days or for visa duration are required to obtain a foreign ID number.
Getting a Tax ID number is not as complicated as you might think. You should go to any local tax office and apply for it. The only thing you need for this transaction is your ‘passport’ & ‘copy of your passport.’ Your data is registered into the database and your Turkish Tax ID Number is given to you.
This transaction usually takes around ten to fifteen minutes. After you have received your tax number, you can open your bank account and carry out your official transactions.
Having a tax number doesn't necessarily mean that you pay taxes in Turkey. But having one is essential for getting certain things done, such as opening a bank account to deposit money.