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My TIN number is giving an "invalid" error

Symptoms

  • I am an Asset Store Publisher
  • I am filling in my tax interview
  • I have entered myTIN number but it is coming up with a "TIN not valid" error

Cause

There are a number of reasons this might occur:

  • You are entering your U.S. TIN in the Foreign TIN field.
  • You are entering a U.S. TIN that is not registered in the U.S. IRS database for that name, resulting in a Name-TIN mismatch.
  • You are entering a U.S. TIN including hyphens. Do not include hyphens when entering
    your U.S. TIN.
  • You are entering an invalid U.S. TIN.
  • You are entering an invalidly formatted Foreign TIN. For example, you are entering a
    VAT number instead of a TIN.
  • You are copying and pasting your TIN instead of typing it out.

Resolution

Please check the causes above and ensure you are not entering your TIN incorrectly or in the wrong part of the form. If in doubt, please contact your local tax authority for advice.

More Information

Disclaimer: Information in this article does not constitute tax, legal, or other professional advice. To find out how this legislation will affect you or your business, or if you have other questions, please contact your tax, legal, or other professional advisor. Please keep in mind the IRS may update their forms and requirements at any time. While we do our best to keep this information up to date, the IRS may have made changes. The most current IRS form, information and instructions will supersede any information provided in this FAQ. All IRS forms and instructions are available online at http://www.irs.gov

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