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Taxpayer Identification Number Matching (TIN Matching)

Last Updated:
December 27, 2016

Taxpayer identification matching” is a service offered by the IRS which allows “authorized payers” to compare Form 1099 recipients tax information (like their given social security number) against IRS records. The TIN matching process happens before 1099s are issued to the IRS.

Who is an “authorized payer”?

Anyone who has filed information returns with the IRS in each of the past two tax years.

How much does TIN matching cost?

It is free! Thank you, government.

Why should you do it?

If any information on the 1099s you file with the IRS is incorrect, you could face fines of up to $500,000 depending on how many forms have errors. TIN matching allows you to greatly reduce the risk of reporting errors to the IRS.

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