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Displaying Tax ID # on Site- Is it Safe?

Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by jonvital, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. jonvital

    jonvital Junior Member

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    I'm creating a freelancer website and would like to establish legitimacy with my clients - can I use my Tax ID # on my website or does that run a security risk of identity theft. I know your TIN is like a social security but its done in local stores as a way to verify their registration.
     
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    burnett4congress Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    That would be just asking for abuse.
     
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    jonvital Junior Member

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    thats what I'm thinking. maybe i'll just include it in, the receipts.
     
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    aakon7 Regular Member

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    Yeah I can use your tax id for a lot of malicious purposes. Don't post it publicly, not worth the risk.
     
  5. balamut

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    Showing TIN on your site does not and will not give credibility to your site. The only think it'll give you is headache. Get BBB this way you can show them that you're at least real.
     
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    There are a number of easier ways to establish trust. Post a real picture of yourself, a voicemail or Skype number, BBB info, recent testimonials (including the names and contact info of those praising you), and so on. If running a big operation where you want to show you are a "real business," you could add photo of the physical office or building you work out of to the site.
     
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    Like others said it's a bad idea to display the tax id.

    In my opinion, one of the best ways to build credibility with a business online is to display your phone number (preferably toll-free) in the header of the site. I've seen client's conversion rates almost double after displaying it.

    Cheers!
     
  8. Ebcompany

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    I agree with balamut....it would be much more convincing and safer just to join the better business bureau or at least some sort of professional organization....that would provide way more trust in my eyes and no worries about abuse
     
  9. Arsis

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    I agree that phone number works fine. If you are doing business on a local level and not national, use a local phone number, they convert better 9 times out of 10.