It is free to obtain a tax identification number from the U.S. government by filling out the appropriate application form, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). All taxpayers in the United States must have a tax identification number.Continue Reading
There are numerous forms of tax identification numbers available to taxpayers, according to the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS requires tax identification numbers for all taxpaying entities, including individuals, estates, trusts and businesses.
Social Security numbers (SSN) are the primary form of tax identification numbers provided for individuals, explains the IRS. In order to obtain a Social Security number, individuals must file with the Social Security Administration and have proof of U.S. citizenship. Individuals who are ineligible for an SSN can apply for an individual tax Identification number by filing a W-7 with the IRS. Parents adopting children from outside of the United States are also eligible for an adoption tax identification number, an option individuals can pursue by filing Form W-7A with the IRS.
All companies must apply for employer identification numbers (EIN), which are obtained by filing Form SS-4, according to the Internal Revenue Service. EINs also apply to trusts and estates. Professional tax preparers are required to obtain a preparer tax identification number (PTIN), which must be entered on any prepared return for tracking purposes. PTINs are available through the IRS by filing Form W-12.Learn more about Financial Planning