How to Find Your EIN for Your Business

Find out how to get your EIN for your business and the benefits of having one.

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Why you need an EIN for your business

You’ll need an EIN for your business if you want to open a business bank account, apply for a business credit card, or file your taxes. An EIN is also required if you have employees.

If you’re a sole proprietor, you can use your Social Security number as your EIN. But if you have a partnership or corporation, you’ll need to get an EIN from the IRS.

Getting an EIN is free and it’s easy to do online. Just go to the IRS website and fill out the online application.

How to apply for an EIN

If you are starting a business or other entity that will have employees, you will need to obtain an employer identification number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service.

You can apply for an EIN online, by fax, or by mail. If you apply online, you will need to have a Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, a business name and address, and an authorized person to sign the application. If you apply by fax or mail, you will need to complete and sign Form SS-4 and submit it to the address or fax number indicated on the form.

Once you have obtained your EIN, you will need to use it on all of your business tax returns and applications. Be sure to keep it in a safe place so that you can find it when you need it.

What information you need to apply for an EIN

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is a nine-digit number that the IRS assigns to a business. EINs are used for tax purposes – they identify a business entity so that it can pay federal income taxes.

You will need to have several pieces of information handy when you apply for an EIN:
-The legal name and physical address of your business
-The type of business structure you have (sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, etc.)
-The name and Social Security Number of the principal officer of your business
-The reason you are applying for an EIN (buying a business, opening a new bank account, etc.)

You can apply for an EIN online, by fax, or by mail. The process is generally quick and easy, and you will receive your EIN immediately upon completion of the application.

How to use your EIN

As a business owner, you will need to obtain an employer identification number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This is a nine-digit number that is used to identify your business for tax purposes. You will need to supply your EIN when you file your taxes, open a business bank account, and apply for business licenses and permits.

You can apply for an EIN online, by telephone, or by mail. The IRS website has instructions on how to apply for an EIN online. You can also call the IRS Business & Specialty Tax Line at 1-800-829-4933 to obtain an EIN. Finally, you can complete and mail Form SS-4 to the address listed on the form.

Once you have obtained your EIN, be sure to keep it in a safe place. You will need it anytime you file taxes or apply for business licenses and permits.

What to do if you lose your EIN

If you lose your EIN, you can call the IRS Business & Specialty Taxline at 1-800-829-4933 to get your number. You will be asked to verify your identity by providing personal information about yourself and your business. Once the IRS agent verifies your identity, they will give you your EIN over the phone.

Tips for keeping your EIN safe

As a business owner, you are responsible for keeping your EIN safe and secure. Here are some tips to help you do that:

-Keep your EIN in a secure place, such as a locked filing cabinet.
-Do not share your EIN with anyone who does not need it.
-Make sure that only authorized individuals have access to your EIN.
-If you lose your EIN, contact the IRS immediately.

FAQs about EINs

An Employer Identification Number, or EIN, is a unique nine-digit number assigned by the IRS. It identifies a business entity. Having an EIN is mandatory for most businesses, including corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. If you’re starting a business, you will need to obtain an EIN from the IRS.

There are a few ways to get your EIN. The easiest way is to apply online through the IRS website. You can also apply by fax or mail. If you apply by fax, you should receive your EIN within four business days. If you apply by mail, you should receive your EIN within four to seven weeks.

Applying for an EIN is free of charge. You will need to provide some basic information about your business, such as the business name and address, the owner’s name and Social Security number, and the type of business entity.

Once you have your EIN, you will need to use it on all of your business tax filings with the IRS. You will also need to provide it to your bank when you open a business bank account. Make sure to keep your EIN in a safe place so that you can easily find it when you need it.

How to contact the IRS about your EIN

If you need to speak to the IRS about your EIN, you can contact them by:

-Calling the Business & Specialty Tax Line at 1-800-829-4933
-Sending a Secure Message through the MyFTB website
-Visiting your local FTB office

Other resources for EIN information

You can apply for an EIN online, by mail, or by fax. The online application is the quickest way to get your EIN. It takes about two business days to receive your EIN after you apply.

If you are a sole proprietor, you may apply for your EIN by mail or fax using Form SS-4 (PDF), Application for Employer Identification Number. Mail the completed form to the address shown in the instructions or fax it to the fax number shown in the instructions. You should receive your EIN within four weeks.

If you are applying for an EIN for a foreign corporation or partnership, please see Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) For a Foreign Corporation or Partnership.

Conclusion

If you have applied for an EIN and have not received it, you may call the IRS Business & Specialty Tax Line at 800-829-4933 to obtain your EIN. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time.

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