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If my wage statement has a TIN # and not an EIN#, what should I do? It will not accept TIN#. Employer has since died.

Need a EIN to file but dont have. only have TIN.

What should I do?

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If my wage statement has a TIN # and not an EIN#, what should I do? It will not accept TIN#. Employer has since died.

If you have worked for this employer in the past, look at those W-2s to see if you have an EIN. Otherwise, print and mail the  tax return.
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If my wage statement has a TIN # and not an EIN#, what should I do? It will not accept TIN#. Employer has since died.

A TIN is a taxpayer identification number which is your SSN on a wage statement.  You won't be able to e-file a return with a W-2 without an EIN (employer identification number).  Here are instructions for filing a substitute W-2 which you will have to file by mail.  How do I file a 4852 substitute w-2

If you are entering a 1099-MISC - Make sure you are choosing the correct format of the ID number.  On some forms, you have to specify whether the federal ID number is in an EIN (XX-XXXXXXX) format or SSN (XXX-XX-XXXX) format.  It might be the format and not the actual number that is causing the problem.  See image below.