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1040x online software Tax Changes for Individuals Table of Contents 2001 ChangesNew 5-Year Carryback Rule for Net Operating Losses (NOLs) Wash Sale Rules Do Not Apply to Section 1256 Contracts Other 2001 Changes 2002 ChangesDeduction for Educator Expenses Personal Credits Still Allowed Against Alternative Minimum Tax Later ChangeChild and Dependent Care Expenses 2001 Changes New 5-Year Carryback Rule for Net Operating Losses (NOLs) If you have an NOL from a tax year ending during 2001 or 2002, you must generally carry back the entire amount of the NOL to the 5 tax years before the NOL year (the carryback period). 1040x online software However, you can still choose to use the previous carryback period. 1040x online software You also can choose not to carry back an NOL and only carry it forward. 1040x online software Individuals, estates, and trusts can file Form 1045, Application for Tentative Refund. 1040x online software The instructions for this form will be revised to reflect the 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1040x online software This adjustment to income is for expenses paid or incurred in tax years beginning during 2002 or 2003. 1040x online software Previously, these expenses were deductible only as a miscellaneous itemized deduction subject to the 2% of adjusted gross income limit. 1040x online software Eligible educator. 1040x online software   You are an eligible educator if, for the tax year, you meet the following requirements. 1040x online software You are a kindergarten through grade 12: Teacher, Instructor, Counselor, Principal, or Aide. 1040x online software You work at least 900 hours during a school year in a school that provides elementary or secondary education, as determined under state law. 1040x online software Qualified expenses. 1040x online software   These are unreimbursed expenses you paid or incurred for books, supplies, computer equipment (including related software and services), other equipment, and supplementary materials that you use in the classroom. 1040x 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Online EIN: Frequently Asked Questions

If you are unfamiliar with the Online EIN application, you may find this section helpful in answering your questions.

Q. When can I use my Internet EIN to make tax payments or file returns?
. This EIN is your permanent number and can be used immediately for most of your business needs, including:

  • Opening a bank account
  • Applying for business licenses
  • Filing a tax return by mail

However, it will take up to two weeks before your EIN becomes part of the IRS's permanent records. You must wait until this occurs before you can:

  • File an electronic return
  • Make an electronic payment
  • Pass an IRS Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) matching program

Q. Sometimes I don't know all the information required on the application. Why do I have to complete the application online when I can send in paper or fax with missing information?
A. When paper or faxed Forms SS-4 are received by the IRS with information missing, additional time is needed to process that application, delaying the issuance of your Employer Identification Number. Applicants can get their EIN much quicker if all the required information is completed.

Q. The legal name of my business includes the symbol for a dollar sign ($). Does the IRS accept symbols as part of a business name?
No. The only characters IRS systems can accept in a business name are: 1) alpha (A-Z), 2) numeric (0-9), 3) hyphen (-), and 4) ampersand (&). If the legal name of your business includes anything other than those listed above, you will need to decide how best to enter your business name into the online EIN application. Following are some suggestions:

If your legal name contains: Then:
A symbol or character, such as a “plus” symbol (+), “at” symbol (@), or a period (.) 1) Spell out the symbol or 2) drop the symbol and leave a space. Example: If the legal name of your business is Jones.Com, then input it as Jones Dot Com or Jones Com
Backward (\) or forward (/) slash Substitute a hyphen (-)
Apostrophe (') Drop the apostrophe and do not leave a space.

Q. What do I do if my entire address won't fit on your address line on the Internet application?
. IRS systems only allow 35 characters on the street address line. If your address does not fit in 35 characters, please make sure you provide the most essential address information (i.e., apartment numbers, suite numbers, etc). We’ll then validate the address you’ve provided with the United States Postal Service’s database and offer you an opportunity to make any changes to the address, if necessary.

Q. Are any entity types excluded from applying for an EIN over the Internet?
.  No. All customers whose principal business, office or agency, or legal residence (in the case of an individual) is located in the United States or in one of the U.S. Territories can apply for an EIN online. The principal officer, general partner, grantor, owner, trustor etc. must have a valid Taxpayer Identification Number (Social Security Number, Employer Identification Number, or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) in order to use the online application.

If you were incorporated outside of the United States or the U.S. territories, you cannot apply for an EIN online. Please call us at (267) 941-1099 (this is not a toll free number) between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Q. What if I forget the number I obtained over the Internet?
IRS records will be updated immediately with your EIN. Simply call (800) 829-4933 and select EIN from the list of options. Once connected with an IRS employee, tell the assistor you received an EIN from the Internet but can't remember it. The IRS employee will ask the necessary disclosure and security questions prior to providing the number.

Q. Do all the EINs obtained on the Internet start with 20, 26, 27, 45 or 46?
Yes. The unique prefixes (20, 26, 27, 45 or 46) identify the EIN as a number issued via the Internet. Note: We cannot process your application online if the responsible party is an entity with an EIN previously obtained through the Internet. Please use one of our other methods to apply. See How to Apply for an EIN. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Q. Do I need a certain computer or software to obtain an EIN over the Internet?
. No. You can go to through any computer that has Internet access. You should have a current Internet browser, which will allow you to view and complete the application process. However, you will need Adobe Reader installed if you would like to receive a confirmation letter online.

Q. Now that I have my EIN, when can I use it to make tax deposits?
Based on the information you submit on your application or if you indicate you will have employees, you will automatically be enrolled in the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System—EFTPS—so you can make all your deposits online or by phone. Within a few days you will receive by mail your EFTPS enrollment confirmation, as well as a Personal Identification Number (PIN) and complete instructions for using EFTPS. You will need to wait until you receive your EFTPS information in the mail before you can make a payment electronically. Once you receive your EFTPS Confirmation Package, you can begin making EFTPS payments.

EFTPS is a service provided free by the U.S. Department of the Treasury that allows individual and business taxpayers to initiate all Federal tax payments using the Internet or phone. You can input your tax payments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using a secure government website or an automated voice response phone system. Refer to Publication 4275, EFTPS Express Enrollment for New Businesses for additional information about EFTPS.

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