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If your company is a single-member LLC, you are considered a "disregarded entity" and disregarded entities must provide the owner's SSN instead of the company's EIN. I dislike the idea of having to put my SSN on my W-9 because every contractor I do work for would have my SSN. I contacted the IRS about this and as a way to avoid this and they said I can get a sole-proprietorship EIN and use that on the W-9 instead. (According to the IRS agent, there are 2 #'s attached to your personal name - SSN & sole proprietorship EIN, which is why you can use this in place of your SSN.) Has anyone done this? Has it caused any problems come tax time or any other time?
 

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I have a TIN from my original work permit, have EIN and also got a SSN and believe me, didn't matter which one I gave the IRS...they knew who I was
 

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When you get a "sole proprietor" or "personal" EIN, are there any yearly tax reporting or tax filing you have to do with that associated number?

What I understand is that you just get the number with no further obligations - is that the case with you guys?
 

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I don't know a lot about this stuff. When reading the instructions on the W9, it seemed to me that that wanted my SSN (also a single member LLC)

I called my accountant about it, he told me I could use my EIN.

Part of the reason I have an LLC an EIN is to avoid my social being used when possible.

As a sole prop, it's all one entity. With a LLC or corp, you can essentially choose the tax structure... Either C or S
 

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i am by myself and have a LLC....i use my EIN

id never use my SS under any circumstances...

i think your reading too much into the law...you have a SS and a EIN...the form gives you the choice......i dont think the SS/EIN police will arrest you for breaking an obscure law that may or may not exist

by the way...whats your SS #?
 
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