Internal Revenue Service United States Department of the Treasury
Level Basic Advanced Military International

Filing Basics

Verifying Taxpayer Identity

Documents Needed

Each year hundreds of thousands of returns are delayed in processing or credit/deductions are disallowed because names and social security numbers listed on the returns do not match the Social Security Administration's (SSA) records.

As a tax preparer, you can do your part to prevent delays in the processing of paper and electronically filed returns by checking the accuracy of each social security number, as well as the spelling of the name associated with the number.

Portion of Form 1040 and social security card. Social security number on card is different than SSN on tax form.