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Obtaining a trust TIN

Question: 
If the trust is using the SSN of the grantor, and the grantor dies, how soon after death must the trustee obtain an EIN for the trust?
Answer: 

The sooner the better if it is an interest-bearing account because you don’t have the correct TIN for IRS interest reporting once the grantor dies and the trust becomes irrevocable. The trust TIN needs to be obtained soon enough that if it is an interest-bearing account you can properly report interest for the year broken down between the SSN (for interest accrued up to date of death) and the trust’s TIN (for interest earned later).
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First published on 03/29/2020

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