Using IRS documentation as reference when entering business name and tax ID number (TIN) for US-based businesses

It is important that the information you enter for your legal name and tax ID number exactly match the information displayed on your official IRS-issued documentation, such as your SS-4 confirmation letter or your Letter 147C (the record of how your entity is filed with the IRS).

The IRS may display business name, and/or owner name, and/or organization name, or other unexpected combinations of information in their records. It is a common naming convention for LLCs to include both the owner name and the business name.

For Stripe to verify this information with the IRS systems, the full name must be entered exactly as displayed on these forms, including upper/lower case, symbols, and punctuation placement. When in doubt, enter all information listed above the business address. If there are several lines above the address, enter all details on one line separated by single spaces.

If your legal name and tax ID on file match the info on your SS-4 confirmation letter and Stripe is unable to verify it with IRS records, it’s best to call the IRS and request a Letter 147C (the record of how your entity is filed with the IRS). If Stripe is still unable to verify the information on your recently obtained Letter 147C, upload a copy of your Letter 147C to the Dashboard.


SS-4 confirmation letter examples

Example 1
 

If your entity name looks like this on your SS-4 confirmation letter, you might need to enter the following as your legal entity name: 
ACME LLC THERESA LOPEZ-FITZGERALD SOLE MBR

Example 2
 

If your entity name looks like this on your SS-4 confirmation letter, you might only need to enter the following as your legal entity name: 
ACME INC


Letter 147C examples

Example 1

If your entity name looks like this on your Letter 147C, you might only need to enter the following as your legal entity name: 
ACME INC


Example 2

If your entity name looks like this on your Letter 147C, you might need to enter the following as your legal entity name:
ACME LLC THERESA LOPEZ-FIZGERALD MBR % PILAR LOPEZ


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