PRB General Distribution and ARP Rural FAQ
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Phase 4/ARP Rural - Tax Identification Number (TIN) Validation Process
We encourage all applicants to begin their applications as soon as possible. All applicants must complete the first step of the application process no later than October 26, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST. This first step involved submitting a TIN for validation and may take a few days. If an applicant (1) submits their TIN for validation by the October 26, 2021 deadline and (2) that TIN is subsequently validated by the IRS, the applicant will have until November 3, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST to complete and submit their application.
HRSA employs pre-payment risk mitigation strategies, including TIN validation, in order to protect program integrity. TIN validation is a process to ensure applicants are known businesses and are eligible for funds. HRSA requires all applicants to undergo validation with the Internal Revenue Service. Providers that have never received funds under a General or Targeted Distribution will also be subject to TIN validation processes similar to those employed under Phases 2 and 3 to ensure that they are eligible for funds, while those providers that have previously received General Distribution payments will not undergo further validation. If a provider is not on the existing list of validated providers, HRSA sends the provider’s application and subsidiary TINs to state/territorial Medicaid/CHIP agencies and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in attempt to validate the provider. However, the validation process will take place after the application has been submitted in Phase 4 and ARP Rural.
In order to protect program integrity and preserve taxpayer dollars, HRSA requires all applicants to undergo validation with the Internal Revenue Service, similar to previous phases, before they can submit an application. Providers that have received General Distribution payments under Phases 1, 2, or 3 will not undergo any further validation by HRSA.
If a TIN is not on the validated list of eligible providers known to HRSA, HRSA will conduct additional analyses related to the TIN and any active providers associated with the TIN. Providers will be able to submit an application while their TIN is under review. TINs that cannot be validated will not receive funding.
This means that HRSA will conduct additional validation to ensure provider eligibility with the assistance of state/territory Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies and third parties for those provider types that are eligible but do not participate in Medicare, Medicaid, or CHIP. Providers will be able to submit an application while their TIN is under review. TINs that cannot be validated will not receive funding.
HRSA will send emails throughout the process as you complete different steps. You will receive an email after Internal Revenue Service validation, successful submission of an application, and application adjudication. Applicants not known to HRSA that require further validation will receive an additional email notifying them that they are invited to submit an application. These providers will be able to submit an application while their TIN is under review. TINs that cannot be validated will not receive funding.