This message means that the business name you entered on the IC Pro page does not have an entry in our database of verified tax IDs. This database comes from SASSIE companies that perform tax ID verification. There are three possible reasons for this error message:
- You entered a business name on the IC Pro page, but your tax ID is registered to you as an individual, not to a business. Regardless of whether you are in business as a mystery shopping professional, the IRS still considers your tax ID to be an individual tax ID if that's how they issued it. If your tax ID is not registered with a business name (instead of your personal name), do not enter a business name on the IC Pro page. Leave this field blank unless your tax ID belongs to a business, not to you as an individual.
- You never verified your business tax ID on SASSIE. All SASSIE companies ask you for your tax ID -- they need it in order to pay you -- but not every SASSIE company actually verifies your tax ID with the IRS. If the company verifies tax IDs, you can see your tax ID verification status on your SASSIE profile -- look for the section titled SSN / Tax ID (EIN). Underneath this header, you will see your Legal Name, Legal ID and Verification Status. Unless you have verified your tax ID through SASSIE (not just entered it), it won't be in the database and you will not be able to verify your tax ID in IC Pro.
- You verified your business tax ID on SASSIE under a different name. The Legal Name on your SASSIE profile must be an EXACT match of the Business Name field on the IC Pro page.
- Your business name on the IC Pro page has a typo. This is the most common problem. Please make sure that your business name is an EXACT match of the name under which your tax ID is verified on SASSIE. Any difference, including extra spaces anywhere in your name, will cause the match to fail.