Navigating the IRIS Portal: Understanding e-Enrollment vs. New Registration

The Federal Board of Revenue’s (FBR) IRIS portal offers two options for taxpayers: e-Enrollment and New Registration. While the names provide a hint of their purpose, understanding the nuances can be crucial. Here’s a breakdown to help you navigate the system:

New Registration:

  • Who it’s for: This option is for individuals who are completely new to the FBR tax system. You haven’t been registered with the FBR before.
  • Process:
    • You’ll need to fill out a form with your personal details, including your Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) number, address, mobile number, and email address.
    • The IRIS portal will send two verification codes (one via SMS and another via email) to the provided contact information.
    • Upon successful verification, your new registration with the FBR will be complete.


  • Who it’s for: This option is for individuals who were previously registered with the FBR system but have either:
    • Lost their login credentials (username and password).
    • Discontinued filing tax returns for a period.
  • Important Note: The old FBR system data did not automatically migrate to the new IRIS portal in 2014.
  • Process:
    • Unlike new registration, e-Enrollment utilizes existing data associated with your CNIC.
    • You’ll need to provide your CNIC number and choose between two enrollment modes:
      • Swift Enrollment: This is a quicker process available to salaried individuals. It utilizes data from the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) for verification.
      • eFBR Enrollment: This is a more formal process for individuals running businesses (AOPs and companies) or those not eligible for Swift Enrollment. It involves form submission and approval by the FBR.
    • After a successful verification or approval process, you’ll receive your login credentials (username and password) to access your IRIS account and resume tax filing activities.

Key Takeaways:

  • New registration is for first-time taxpayers, while e-enrollment is for previously registered individuals encountering login or filing disruptions.
  • Both options require your CNIC number as a key identifier.
  • New registration involves creating a new account, while e-enrollment retrieves access to an existing one.

Additional Tips:

  • Always keep your personal information, including your CNIC number, email address, and mobile number, up-to-date in the IRIS portal.
  • If you face difficulties with either process, you can visit nearest RTO.

By understanding the distinction between e-enrollment and new registration, you can efficiently navigate the IRIS portal and fulfill your tax obligations.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *