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Why is Murray State asking for my social security number or ITIN

The IRS requires that colleges and universities collect the name, social security number (SSN) or individual tax payer number (ITIN) for all tuition-paying students. In addition, the amount of a students' qualifying payments must be reported to the IRS on IRS form 1098-T. The information on the 1098-T provides the IRS with a basis for amounts claimed by a taxpayer as qualifying expenditures for the Hope Scholarship Tax Credit and/or Lifetime Learning Tax Credit.


We will never ask you to supply your SSN/ITIN by email. Instead, we may ask you to complete the from W9-S and submit the completed form to the Registrar's office in Sparks Hall.

  • If we do not have valid SSN or ITIN on your student record, we will email you to ask you to provide this information to a Registrar representative.
  • If you refuse to provide your SSN or ITIN, or you provide an incorrect number, the I.R.S. is empowered to impose penalties.
Form W9-S can be found on the I.R.S. website at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9s.pdf


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