Hmm when i was new here in the US on a work assignment and not yet a citizen or resident, i was required to have a social security number for tax purposes. My company's HR made me and my other co workers go to the local SS office with our work and travel documents (including passport, visa, proof of work authorization from the DHS), showed them and got approved to get a social security number.
here's some doc i found that might help: http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/media/pdf/EN-05-10096.pdf
SO if you're authorized to work here legally which makes you required to pay taxes therefore makes you eligible to get an SSN, then as logn as you have the documents required just go to a local ss office and you should be good.
kuting (rep: 135) posted Apr 09, 2013
zoneric, if you work in the US, you can obtain a SSN - you do NOT have to be a resident. If you are a student and you have a part-time job on campus, you can also obtain a SSN. I would suggest the SSN over the EIN. If you want to get working visas, you will eventually need to apply for one. SSN will start to build your employment history here.
kffight3r (rep: 712) posted Apr 09, 2013
Youre all missing the fact he is not in the US nor anywhere close wilth no plans of coming to the US. He just needs a non resident tax identifier to keep getting paid over the $600 limit. However DP will be responsible for witholding federal taxes as he wont be required to file a return.
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