Difference Between EIN and TIN: EIN vs TIN Compared

• Nine digit unique numbers that IRS assigns to people are called taxpayer identification numbers (TIN) and these numbers are used to identify people when they file taxes.

• There are many different types of identification numbers issued by IRS and EIN is one of them.

• EIN is Employer Identification Number and is required by a business that employ workers.

• EIN or SSN is basically different names for the same tax identification purpose where TIN is the generic name, and it is ITIN or Individual Tax Identification Number that is commonly used for individuals.

• Most of the TIN’s are issued by the IRS, whereas it is the social security number that is issued by Social Security Administration.

• EIN is for businesses while ITIN is for individuals.