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Can I Claim An Exemption For My Child That I Am Adopting And Who Does Not Have A Social Security Number Yet?

Parents in the process of a domestic U.S. adoption, and who do not have the child's Social Security number, should request an Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number by using IRS Form W-7A. Form W-7A is the Application for Taxpayer Identification Number for Pending Adoptions. To get this form you should go to either the IRS website, a local IRS office or call 1-800-829-3676.

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