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Payee Number Requirements
Texas Identification Number (TIN)

State payees include vendors who contract with a state agency to provide goods or services and individual recipients. In almost all cases, payees are required to provide one of these nine-digit identification numbers to obtain a TIN:

If the payee is a foreign entity or non-resident alien who does not have an EIN, SSN or ITIN, please see how to request a Comptroller-assigned TIN.

Note: See Security Recommendations for documentation to accept from payees as proof of their identification numbers.

TINS no longer uses an SSN or ITIN as the key payee identifier. See System-generated Random Number. The SSN or ITIN is still required under law for tax administration and identification for individuals, sole owners and individual partners of a partnership. This requirement has been adopted under these statutes:

In addition to facilitating reporting to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), using the payee’s TIN helps ensure your agency receives proper credit for payments to historically underutilized businesses.