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How is an individual name control code determined?

The IRS creates name control codes for individuals from the legal name listed on your tax information. Zenefits determines name control codes based on the information employees provide in their profiles.
Valid Characters:

  • Numeric (0- 9)
  • Alpha (A-Z)
  • Hyphen (-)
  • Ampersand (&)

Special Rules for Individuals:

  • Use the first four characters of the individual’s last name.
    Name                                                                                                                                         Control Code
        Jacob Marley     MARL
  • If a last name has fewer than four characters, use the full last name.
    Name                                                                                                                                         Control Code
        Lucretia Tox     TOX
  • If an individual has a hyphenated last name, use the first four characters from the first of the two last names.
    Name                                                                                                                                         Control Code
        Estella Havisham-Magwitch     HAVI
  • For joint returns, regardless of whether the payees use the same or different last names, use the first four characters of the primary payee's last name.
    Name                                                                                                                                          Control Code
        Emily & Robert Cratchit     CRAT
        Jack Dawkins & Oliver Twist     DAWK
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