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W2 Electronic Filing: How to Apply For User ID from SSA


User ID is a must-have for submitting W2 forms electronically. New W2 tax Efiler can follow this guide to register SSA account and apply for a User ID from SSA.

Please visit SSA site and click the Register button to request your User ID. Usually you can receive it quickly. If you have any questions, please contact SSA office.

1 Register for an account:

1.1 Visit the SSA's Business Services Online (BSO) website.

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1.2 Register for an account if you don't already have one. This will involve creating a username and password and possibly providing details about your business.

2 Apply for and obtain a User ID:

2.1 During the registration process, you'll be required to apply for a User ID, which is necessary for electronically filing W-2 forms.
2.2 Follow the instructions provided on the BSO website to complete this step.

2.3 Once your application is submitted, the IRS will review it and issue a TCC if approved.

The time it takes to receive a Transmitter Control Code (TCC) from the IRS after application can vary. Typically, processing times can range from a few days to several weeks, depending on the IRS's workload.

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