When Applying for an EIN, They Want my Social Security Number!

 

Homeschool leader, Paula, was applying for an EIN (Employer Identification Number) online, but the IRS website asked for her SSN (Social Security Number). She is reluctant to give it out. Should she be concerned?

Someone (the “responsible party”) must give their Social Security Number (SSN) so that the IRS can always trace leadership of a nonprofit (or a business) to a human being. The IRS wants the name and Social Security Number of a specific individual it can contact if needed. Requesting a name and SSN is also meant to prevent people from setting up dummy or scam organizations.  Listen to this episode (12 Minutes) to find out more.

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