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Is it possible to issue a client a W9 without a EIN number?

 
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Is it possible to issue a client a W9 without a EIN number?

I would highly recommend you getting an EIN.   once you start having more customers, giving them your SSN exposes you to a higher risk of identity theft.  

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Is it possible to issue a client a W9 without a EIN number?

You don't issue a W9 to anyone.  You give someone a W9 to fill out for them to give you their ssn or ein.
If you paid someone $600 or more from your business you might need to give them a 1099Misc.  
You can put either your EIN or SSN on the 1099Misc.

What are you trying to do?  
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Is it possible to issue a client a W9 without a EIN number?

I recently started doing freelance design work. A client requested my SS #, which I sent them. Now they asked for my EIN which due to the govt. shutdown I cannot get as the dept. that issues them online is closed. I'm just trying to figure out what I need to do so they can issue me a 1099 form. Thanks.
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Is it possible to issue a client a W9 without a EIN number?

If you have their EIN or SSN, then you have no need to provide them a W-9. The W-9 is sent to a person so they can provide that information to you.
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Is it possible to issue a client a W9 without a EIN number?

They don't need both to issue you a 1099-MISC. If you've already provided your SSN, then they have all they need.
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Is it possible to issue a client a W9 without a EIN number?

Hi, its the other way around. They have my SSN and need an EIN from me, which I cannot get.
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Is it possible to issue a client a W9 without a EIN number?

Do you have a EIN?  They only need your SSN or EIN not both.  You don't have to get an EIN unless you pay employees on a W2.  Otherwise it is optional.  People get EIN so they don't have to give out their ssn to anyone.
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Is it possible to issue a client a W9 without a EIN number?

Hi Carl. Thank you so much for the clarification. I'm sure the accounting dept. is aware of this but I wanted to research before I talk to them later today (about this among other things). Again thanks! Fernando
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Is it possible to issue a client a W9 without a EIN number?

Are you unable to get an EIN through the online system at <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/apply-for-an-employer-identification-n...> ???
You should be able to do so right now, based on the "hours of operation" posted on the website. There's no mention of the shutdown affecting anything there.
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Is it possible to issue a client a W9 without a EIN number?

I would highly recommend you getting an EIN.   once you start having more customers, giving them your SSN exposes you to a higher risk of identity theft.  

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Is it possible to issue a client a W9 without a EIN number?

I definitely will but the website is not cooperating. Thanks!
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Is it possible to issue a client a W9 without a EIN number?

If you already gave them your ssn they don’t need an EIN from you.
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