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Social Security Number and Tax Return

Social security number is very important on a tax return. Social security number is one of the first things the IRS looks at when matching and verifying information. With incorrect social security number, your tax return will not be accepted by the IRS.

when preparing your tax return, you must enter a social security number for:

  • yourself
  • your spouse if married filing jointly
  • your dependents
I don't have a social security number, what to do?

If you don't have a social security number, you must get one from the Social Security Administration or SSA. You need a social security number to file a tax return.

My tax return name doesn't match social security number, what to do?

If you change your name, you should immediately notify the Social Security Administration so the name on your tax return matches the one on the Social Security Administration 's file. Call 1-800-772-1213 for the Social Security Administration or visit www.ssa.gov.

I am not eligible for a Social Security Number, how do I file my tax return?

If you are a resident alien or nonresident alien who is not eligible for a Social Security Number then you must apply to the IRS for an individual taxpayer identification or ITIN using the tax form W-7 called Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.

I am adopting a child with no social security number, how to file tax return?

If you are in the process of adopting a child who is a US citizen or US resident and cannot get a social security number for the child until the adoption is final, you may be able to get an Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number or ATIN from the IRS. Once the adoption is final, you must apply for a social security number for the child. IRS tax form W-7A is used to request an ATIN.

The IRS rejected my tax return because of the name on tax return not matching on social security card, what to do?

If there is a mismatch between the information on your tax return and information at the Social Security Administration, you have to notify the SSA first then re-file your tax return with the IRS.


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