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Section 8 - Tax ID (CDI).

To sign the "escritura", transfer money to Argentina, and open a bank account you need first to get a Tax ID in the AFIP (Agentine Federal Tax Agency). The process is simple but you can spend one morning to get it.

The first thing you have to do is to go to the Police Station of the area you are staying, and ask for a "Certificado de Domicilio" (Address Certificate).

The Police will charge you 10 pesos, and the next day they will visit your apartment or hotel from 7 AM to 12 PM to give you the certificate. This doesn't take more than 10 minutes, but next morning you have to stay in your apartment to wait the policeman certify you live there and give you the certificate.

To know which Police Station you have to go, ask your tenant or concierge. You can find the complete list of Police Stations (Comisarķas) in the Federal Police Website.

The next day, when you already have the address certificate you should go to the AFIP Tax Agency that corresponds to the address of the certificate. To find which is the Agencia and the address where it is located visit the AFIP Website.

You will see a screen like the following (click the thumbnails below to watch samples of the screens you will see):

In the "Calle / Localidad" box write the name of the street you are staying. (Tip: If you do not find it, write the four or five first letters of the street), press "Confirmar" button.


A new page will show the results for that street. You have the different numbers of that street and the Agency that corresponds to it. If you click over the Agencia N X you will get the address.

Before you go to the "Agencia" get 2 photocopies of the first pages of your passport. When you arrive to the "Agencia", you have to go to the orientation / info  counter. 

Ask for de "Formulario CDI" (most people in AFIP won't speak English). They will give you  2 copies of a form you have to fill them both with the same info. The form is in Spanish but with basic knowledge of Spanish you should be able to fill it.

Before filling the form proceed to the "Mesa de Entradas" (Entries Desk) and get a number. Now you will have to wait they call your number, numbers are called at loud voice, and there is not an electronic clock in most agencias (ask someone if you don't understand the numbers). Now you just have to wait.

When it is your number, give the form to the employee, the photocopies of your passport, and show him/her your passport. If you filled the form correctly, they should give you your CDI TAX ID Number in 5 minutes.

Basically they write the number in one of the copies of the form, they stamp it and give it back to you, and they will keep the other copy.

Congrats, you are registered tax payer now!



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Last Update: 06 de October de 2011