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  1. #1
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    Default Do You Have to Disclose an Unused EIN When Filing a Bankruptcy Case

    My question involves bankruptcy in the state of: Texas

    In 2012, I applied for and obtained an EIN with a friend with the goal of selling art together and beginning a business. However, the friend decided not to participate. I/We never worked together and did not use the number. I am filing chapter 7 pro se and need to know if I have to declare that we had a number? The form asks for, "Any business names and Employer Identification Numbers (EIN) you have used in
    the last 8 years. Include trade names and doing business as names."
    I have never filed any DBA names, only the EIN never used. Need to be sure prior to filing. Thanks!

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    Default Re: Bankruptcy Chapter 7 Ein

    Better to err on the side of disclosure. Why wouldn't you list it?

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    Default Re: Bankruptcy Chapter 7 Ein

    Quote Quoting flyingron
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    Better to err on the side of disclosure. Why wouldn't you list it?
    I agree that its better to err on the side of disclosure, but the form asks for anything that you have actually used. You did not use that EIN for anything. Therefore, if you do list in on the form, you need to explain very clearly that the number was obtained, but never used as the business you intended to form was never formed.

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    Default Re: Bankruptcy Chapter 7 Ein

    Answer to your first question: I will list it. I have no problem doing so. A lot of my papers were destroyed from Hurricane Harvey. I don't know my EIN.
    I will call the IRS ask them for my number, tell them the situation, and see what they say.
    Thanks

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