Accurate, Timely Tax Filings Are Possible with TIN Matching

Understanding TIN Matching and Why It’s Crucial for Annual Filings

Understanding TIN Matching and Why It’s Crucial for Annual Filings

It’s called a TIN – and it’s an essential number when filing W-2s, 1099s and ACA forms. A TIN, or Taxpayer Identification Number, is simply an individual’s Social Security number (SSN) or the Employer Identification Number (EIN) for a business entity.

If there’s a problem with any name and SSN number combination with your tax filings, you could receive a Social Security Number (SSN) No-Match Letter or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) could reject forms. Forms with incorrect TINs can trigger being charged a penalty.

Want to avoid these scenarios with the SSA and IRS, as well as the added time and effort to fix errors? Of course you do! That’s why you should check out the TIN Matching service, now available from

Getting to the Source of Most Errors

Mismatches can happen for a variety of reasons – from typos and transposed numbers to unreported name changes with a marriage or divorce. The bigger concern, however, is missing, incomplete or outright false SSNs. Because the SSA is keeping a watchful eye on this and sharing data with other government agencies, it’s vital to carefully check employee and contractor data when filing tax forms.

That’s where TIN Matching from comes to your assistance. With this verification service, you can prevent missing TINs or incorrect TIN/name combinations and, in turn, rejected forms, SSA no-match letters and potential IRS penalties. You’ll learn of any discrepancies beforehand, which you can verify with the recipient and correct before forms are e-filed.

Less Errors, Greater Efficiency with TIN Matching

To submit a file for TIN Matching, sign up or log in and create your payers and recipients, either manually or via upload. Then go to the “Services” page, select the payer for TIN Matching and check out. The results will be emailed directly to the address you provide.

The ideal time to use a TIN Matching service is pre-season, so May through December. In many cases, you can submit a multi-record data file, paying only a single fee for the entire file.

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