RE: OT - What are the implications of getting a Tax ID number?
I may be wrong too (sorry Bethany) but I DON'T think you need to establish a business to apply for a TIN. This is something that is really state law specific. It shouldn't affect your (federal income return) 1040 unless you are selling what you make/buy. But you will most likely have to file a state sales/use tax form periodically (again, depending on the state). Basically you'd have to charge yourself use tax for anything you buy wholesale you are not taxed on. Use tax is usually the same rate as sale tax, but again (broken record) it ALL depends on state law. Please don't take any of this as definite; I really think you'd be able to get all your answers on your state's dept. of taxation website.
Why I really wanted to respond is b/c I have a wholesale account with my local floral wholesaler. My mom is a designer who has a business, a TIN and a wholesale floral account. I was just using her account but it became an accounting PIA. SO, I called the wholesaler to see if there was anything I could do. They were happy to have my business. Basically they just set up an account for me under my name and address (didn't have to give them a SSN or TIN; technically your SSN is a TIN, but I wouldn't recommend using it for that purpose if you do later need a TIN ). They did not give me a credit account so I had to pay when I was there and they set up my account to charge me sales tax so there was no taxation issue.
I hope this makes sense, I was up all night and I'm about to take a nap but PM me if you have any questions. I used to work in tax (many moons ago) but not really with state or sales tax issues, so it's very murky water for me. HTH.
Mommy to DD "HH" 2004
and DS1 "MH" 2005
& DS2 "JJH" - My very Irish baby!