My wife and I are retired engineers, filing jointly.
I do some work for a company under W9.
I bought Turbotax "Home & Business", and started using it. From the very beginning, I stumbled on the request to ask IRS for EIN. This makes me think I am not doingthge right thing.
You may have accidentally clicked on or hovered your cursor over a link to request an EIN from the IRS. Unless you pay people to work for you, you don't need and EIN and can prepare a Schedule C for self-employment in your personal return.
If you have a Home Office, be sure to go through this section of TurboTax.
Here are some tips for self-employment you may find helpful.
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