Tax Preparer Tips – Manual Entry of SSNs now required on all W2s

New for the 2011 tax season all W2s will require a manual entry of clients social security number.  Software companies will no longer be allowed to prepopulate SSN onto W2s.  The reasoning behind this is related cleints having ITINs (Individual Tax Identification Number) instead of Social Security Numbers.  In past years software programs would simply populate the tax clients ITINs onto the W2s, but that was obviously not correct, due to ITINs not being valid for working in the United States.  You will still be able to file tax returns for clients with ITINs, however you will simply have to identify the SSN that is listed on the W2s that they bring to you.

Posted: July 8, 2011

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