What is the difference between a Social Security number and a tax identification number?

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asked May 23 in Employment & Careers by Sabelie98 (490 points)
What is the difference between a Social Security number and a tax identification number?

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answered May 25 by Jasire (5,940 points)
A Tax Identification Number or "ITIN" is a number that is 9 digits that is issued to individuals by the IRS who have to have a number to be identified by but are not eligible to receive a social security number or an Employer ID Number.

A SSN or Social Security number is issued to a person for identifying purposes as well as for tax reporting.

The ITIN number cannot be used for identification purposes but the SSN can.

If you have an SSN number then you won't need or be able to get the ITIN number.

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