Taxpayer identification number

Taxpayer identification number -
(1) In general. Taxpayer identification number means the identifying number assigned to a person under section 6109 (relating to identifying numbers, generally a nine-digit social security number for an individual and a nine-digit employer identification number for a nonindividual, e.g., a corporation, partnership, trust, or estate). An obviously incorrect number is not considered a taxpayer identification number. See § 31.6011(b)-2 and § 301.6109-1 of this chapter for provisions relating to obtaining a taxpayer identification number.
(2) Obviously incorrect number. Obviously incorrect number means a number that does not contain nine digits or a number that includes an alpha character as one of the nine digits.
(c) Broker. Broker is defined in section 6045(c)(1) and § 1.6045-1(a)(1) of this chapter. If there could be more than one broker with respect to any acquisition, only the broker having the closest contact (as determined under 1.6045-1(c)(3)(iii) and (iv) of this chapter) with the payee is treated as a broker. In the case of any instrument, the term broker does not include any person who is the payor with respect to the instrument as described in § 31.3406(a)-2.
(d) Readily tradable instrument. Readily tradable instrument means -
(1) Any instrument that is part of an issue any portion of which is traded on an established securities market (within the meaning of section 453(f)(5)); or
(2) Any instrument that is regularly quoted by brokers or dealers making a market.


26 CFR § 31.3406(h)-1

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