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What is an Employer Identification Number (EIN) and why would I need one for my tax return?

Commonly seen in your W-2, box B and the care provider information form, an Employer Identification Number (EIN) is a 9-digit number used to identify a business. The EIN will follow this format: XX-XXXXXXX.

Go to this section in Credit Karma Tax: W-2

Generally, if you own a business you’ll need an EIN. To see if you need an EIN for your business, check the IRS website at Do You Need an EIN?

If you’ve paid child or dependent care expense for a qualifying individual to a care provider, the EIN or social security number (SSN) must be included to claim the Child and Dependent Care Credit.

Go to this section in Credit Karma Tax: Dependent Care Providers
Source: irs.gov

My return was rejected due to the EIN

The rejection occurs when the EIN entered on your tax return doesn’t match with what the IRS has on file. The first step is to review the EIN values in your W-2s and Dependent Care Provider section.

If you’ve already double-checked the numbers, the next step is to contact the organization that issued the tax form(s). The payroll and human resources department should provide more information about the company’s EIN.

Once you’ve updated your EIN, be sure to follow through the filing process to re-submit your tax return.
Source: irs.gov

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