The application process for obtaining an Employer Identification Number (EIN) can be confusing for individuals unfamiliar with the filing process. We’ve had several clients ask us, “Does the EIN application process differ for each entity?” So, we’d like to clarify how this part of the application is handled, and how you can streamline the filing procedure using simplified forms, as well as preparing all needed information before you apply for an EIN.
What You Need Before Filing
Before you begin, you should start by researching the type of entity you would like to form (i.e. sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, etc.).
There are several considerations to make, namely what tax benefits you would like to prioritize, and how much money you can afford to spend on starting a business.
You will also need a Social Security Number (SSN), or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to complete the application process.
If you have these things before you apply, the application process will be much easier.
Does the EIN Application Process Differ for Each Entity?
The application process only differs slightly for different types of entities. In section 9a of the application (Form SS-4) you will be asked to identify the type of entity the EIN will be assigned to.
Depending on the type of entity, you may be required to fill out further sections of the form, including information about the number of members in an LLC, or specifically what kind of non-profit you intend to operate (public or private).
If you prefer to simplify the EIN application process, you may elect to complete the process online with a third party provider.
Our online forms simplify the application process and speed up result delivery. We’re also available to help business owners select the right entity for their business plans; plus, you can check the status of your order anytime, or check your EIN number online if it’s ever lost or misplaced.