If you offer Etsy Payments, you can update the taxpayer ID on file with your shop from the Legal and tax information page:
- On Etsy.com, click Shop Manager.
- Click Finances.
- Click Legal and tax information.
- Click Edit to update your taxpayer name, address, or ID.
- Enter your correct information.
- Click Save.
If you update your bank information, the name on your bank account must match the name or business entity you have provided.
If you enter US taxpayer details, we’ll check that the information matches the information on file in the IRS database. If your information doesn’t match, you may not be able to save your changes. You can contact the IRS to confirm your correct taxpayer information. Contact the IRS about:
- Employer Identification Number (EIN)
- Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)
- Social Security Number (SSN) after a name change
If you enter a taxpayer name and VAT ID that don’t match what you have registered with your local tax authority, you may not be able to save your changes. You will need to contact your local tax department to confirm your correct taxpayer name and VAT ID. European VAT IDs can also be checked on the European Commission website for validity.
If you are a US seller and your existing taxpayer information is invalid, Etsy Payments may be deactivated until you update with valid information. If you received an alert that your information needs to be updated, and Etsy Payments is not active, this may be the reason.
What type of taxpayer ID can I use?
For most countries, you can add one taxpayer ID. This is generally your VAT ID or, for US sellers, your federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) or federal Social Security Number (SSN).
For taxpayers with citizenship in the US that don’t reside in the US, France sellers with SIREN/T IDs, or Quebec sellers with Canadian GST IDs, you can add secondary taxpayer details to include this information.
Sellers with Quebec taxpayer IDs
As you’re a Quebec seller, your primary taxpayer ID is your QST number, and you can add a GST number as your secondary ID.
Sellers with French taxpayer details
If you have both a French VAT number and a SIREN/T number, your French VAT number should be your primary taxpayer ID. If you don’t have a VAT number, you can provide us with your SIREN/SIRET number in the secondary taxpayer field.
Sellers with Mexican CURP numbers
If you have both a Mexican VAT number and a CURP identification number, your Mexican VAT number should be your primary taxpayer ID. If you don’t have a VAT number, you can provide us with your CURP number in the secondary taxpayer field.
Non-US seller with US taxpayer details
If you’re an American citizen located outside the US, you can add your Social Security Number (SSN) as your secondary taxpayer detail.
Sellers with US taxpayer information
For 1099-K requirements, the only US taxpayer IDs accepted are:
- A federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) or
- A federal Social Security Number (SSN)
If you're a US business
If you’ve organised yourself legally as a US business (and assuming you are not a sole proprietorship) and use an Employer Identification Number (EIN), you may need to enter your business name under Legal Name and Address on the Legal and tax information page. This should be the business name that is registered to the EIN with the IRS. Please refer to the 147c letter provided by the IRS after you registered your EIN. This letter should indicate the correctly matched taxpayer name and EIN.
If you are a US sole proprietor
If you are using a Social Security Number (SSN) or using an EIN as a sole proprietorship, you may need to enter your individual legal name. When using an SSN, this is the name listed on your Social Security Card.
If you’re unsure of your correct taxpayer details, we recommend that you contact the IRS. Etsy is unable to provide sellers with specific tax advice.