Form 2555 invalid EIN for Foreign Employer

I have a client who is a US Citizen that lived the whole year for 2018 in a foreign country and received foreign income from a foreign corporation.  I input his wages under Deduction -> Foreign Wages (2555) -> Foreign Wages -> Line 1: Wages, tips, other compensations.  

I also scrolled down to Employee Information (MANDATORY) and input client's foreign address.  And check the box "Compensation not reported on W-2" and entered the Country Code.

I run into the following diagnostics:

Form 2555 - W-2 #1: Employer identification number (EIN) is invalid. A valid EIN is a nine digit number, is all numerics, cannot equal NONE or the taxpayer's or spouse's SSN, and must not be all 0s or 9s.  (US-Ref #405)

It's a foreign corporation formed oversea.  It has nothing to do with the U.S.  How would I have a valid EIN?  The diagnostics won't resolve even if I put "Tax Emempt" under the EIN Box.

Answer

1 person found this helpful

It would appear that you have an entry for "(b) Employer identification number (EIN)" under the Employer Information (MANDATORY for e-file) section.  Please check that any input there has been removed and that should get rid of the diagnostic.

Was this answer helpful? Yes No
Original
AllStar

No answers have been posted

More Actions

People come to Accountants Community for help and answers—we want to let them know that we're here to listen and share our knowledge. We do that with the style and format of our responses. Here are five guidelines:

  1. Keep it conversational. When answering questions, write like you speak. Imagine you're explaining something to a trusted friend, using simple, everyday language. Avoid jargon and technical terms when possible. When no other word will do, explain technical terms in plain English.
  2. Be clear and state the answer right up front. Ask yourself what specific information the person really needs and then provide it. Stick to the topic and avoid unnecessary details. Break information down into a numbered or bulleted list and highlight the most important details in bold.
  3. Be concise. Aim for no more than two short sentences in a paragraph, and try to keep paragraphs to two lines. A wall of text can look intimidating and many won't read it, so break it up. It's okay to link to other resources for more details, but avoid giving answers that contain little more than a link.
  4. Be a good listener. When people post very general questions, take a second to try to understand what they're really looking for. Then, provide a response that guides them to the best possible outcome.
  5. Be encouraging and positive. Look for ways to eliminate uncertainty by anticipating people's concerns. Make it apparent that we really like helping them achieve positive outcomes.

Select a file to attach: