TIN a requirement in all Payroll Reporting to the Danish Tax agency

From January 1st, 2024, payroll reports to the Danish Tax Agency (Skattestyrelsen) must include TIN for all income recipients abroad, regardless of EU residency.
To employees in payroll talk about TIN


Starting from January 1st, 2024, it will become a requirement to report the TIN (Taxpayer Identification Number) in all payroll reports to the Danish Tax Agency (“Skattestyrelsen”) for income recipients residing outside of Denmark (regardless of whether the employee is a resident of a country in the EU or not).

The TIN obligation applies to salary reports with a pay period ending on or after January 1st, 2024. The TIN is issued by the employee’s country of residence, and it is the employer’s responsibility to obtain the TIN from the employee.

If a reported TIN does not meet the specified format requirements for the respective country code, the reporting party will be notified, but the payroll report will eventually be rejected, if submissions either lack TIN information or where the included TINs do not conform to the required formatting standards.

We expect that the demand for accurate TIN reporting will intensify in the coming years; however, there will be a grace period, where the reports will not be rejected.

What is a TIN number?

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TIN is an abbreviation for Taxpayer Identification Number.
Often the extra “number” sneaks in, when we say it out loud, and yes that means that we actually say “Taxpayer Identification Number Number”.

In Denmark the TIN equals the CPR number (Central Person Registration), which is a personal identification number or civil registration number.

In situations where a person is not a resident in Denmark but is still taxable to Denmark, for example as an employee, the Danish Custom and Tax Administration can issue a CPR number.

For whom do the new rules apply?

The rules apply to all employees who reside outside of Denmark. This means that it does not matter whether the employee is a resident of an EU country aside from Denmark or a resident of a non-EU country.

In practice, TIN must reported for all employees, who are not a resident of Denmark as of January 1st, 2024. The Danish Tax Agency will verify the residency of each employee based on the CPR registry (CPR-registeret).

Employee Living and Working In DK

Employee living and
working in Denmark

Employee Relocated Outside DK

Employee Relocated
Outside of Denmark

Non Danish Employee Living and Working Outside DK

Non Danish Employee Living and
Working Outside of Denmark

Employee commuting to and from DK

Employee commuting to
and from Denmark

Danish payroll & Non-Danish residents

For all employees in scope, a process for obtaining and verifying valid TIN must be introduced if the information is not already kept as part of the employee onboarding. Furthermore, the payroll process must reflect a verification of whether a payroll report is demanding a TIN report or not.

will payroll reports be rejected?

Currently, the Danish Tax Agency will not reject any reports; however, starting from September 2023, reports with incorrect TIN will be registered as a report with a potential error (a so-called Advis).

Let us help you

Crossbord consultants participate as experts in status meetings held by the Danish Tax Agency. Here new and upcoming changes to the payroll reporting requirements are discussed.

Operating a Danish payroll with employees residing outside of Denmark is (often) complex, and demands great insights by the team responsible for the payroll process. It demands a keen focus on international employment tax rules, international social security rules, and for the payroll team to be involved with other business areas to understand how the activities of the business and the residences of the employees are co-dependent. The TIN reporting requirement adds a further layer of complexity.

At Crossbord, we are experts in payroll processing and tax reconciliation for international employees, and we are available to assist with all aspects of a complex payroll process:

  • Analysis of how to setup the payroll processes, especially where your employees have a complex setup
  • Assisting with guidelines on how to monitor key aspects
  • Outsourcing of payroll (fully or partially)
  • Providing support to third-party payroll providers

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