What is an Example of a Tax ID Number?

A federal Tax ID Number is an identification number used by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to administer tax laws. This number is issued either by the IRS or Social Security Administration (SSA). A business Tax ID number is required on tax return forms.

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Individuals and businesses

Tax ID Numbers come in different forms. Qualified individuals are given Tax ID Numbers as Social Security Numbers. Those who are not required and do not have a Social Security Number are given Individual Tax ID Numbers, which have the same format as Social Security Numbers but always begin with the number ‘9.’ Businesses like Partnerships and Corporations are given business Tax ID Numbers in the form of Employer Identification Numbers (EIN). Non-business entities such as fiduciaries and trusts are given Tax ID Numbers as well.

Do you need a Tax ID?

Along with filing tax returns, you must provide a Tax ID Number on other tax-related documents. You must also have one if you are filing a withholding certificate and claiming the following:

  • Exemption for specific annuities
  • Exemption for effectively connected income
  • Tax treaty benefits

How to obtain a Tax ID

All you need to do to obtain a Tax ID Number is apply for one. You can apply for a Tax ID here through GovDocFiling, an independent provider of document filing services for clients in all stages of business development. GovDocFiling is your trusted partner to start, build and grow your business. We’re here to answer any questions you may have. Contact our support team.

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