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.