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Published On: Mon, May 14th, 2018

Effective Guidelines to Get a Federal Tax ID

The most common question that comes to mind when you are struck with your taxes is how to get a Federal Tax ID. It is important to understand the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding the filing of returns for individuals and entities. Generally, a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) is used to submit your returns but it depends on the particular type of TIN associated with your identity. Normally, a Social Security Number (SSN) provided by the Social Security Administration can be used to file returns. For business entities and certain persons who don’t possess an SSN, TINs like Employer Identification Number (EIN) and Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) can be referred to as the standard method of return submission and identification on all tax documents and forms.

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Guidelines

 

  • Get a Social Security Number (SSN)

 

It is the most prevalent identification number through which you can file returns. If you are a U.S citizen or an immigrant working in the US, you are entitled to an SSN. Similarly, if you go through Form 1040, the default TIN asked is the filer’s SSN. Therefore, if you have an SSN, there is no need for any other TIN. Simply use the SSN whenever you submit your annual returns.

 

  • Gather Documents

 

Mostly, two main documents are required to verify your identity – a driver’s license and a state identification card. Normally, if you are a U.S citizen, one of the two documents ought to be a valid passport or a birth certificate. When applying for an SSN, visit the Social Security Requirements Page. Go through the tabs on the left that pertain to your specific situation at that particular time. The page will automatically update to show the requirements for a new or replacement SSN. Remember to submit only original documents issued by the respective official agencies. Duplicates or notarized copies of official documents are not accepted by the IRS. Make sure the documents are valid and not expired. You need to have the original document – receipt of any official document stating you applied have for it (such as the driver’s license) will not be accepted. Therefore, wait till you get all your original documents officially testified by the agencies in this regard.

 

  • Fill out the Application Form

 

Print the SS-5 Form and fill the application in the last pages. If you cannot access the SS-5 Form, contact your nearest IRS office; visit them to collect the form free of cost. Thoroughly read the form before filling out the application. The first few pages entail the instructions on how to go about the details asked in the application.

 

  • Submit the Form and Accompanying Documents

 

Locate the nearest Social Security Office and mail them the completed form along with the original documents. In a few business days, the newly generated SSN card accompanied by the documents submitted at the time of application will be posted back to your address. In case of minors, if you have never been issued an SSN, tag along with your parents and personally appear in the closest IRS office for a manual submission of the documents.

 

  • Inform your Employer about the Application Process

 

If you are currently employed in a U.S based organization, it may require your SSN for wage reporting to the IRS. Employers have certain responsibilities when they hire foreign workers.

Author: Zainab Sheikh

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