Why Would I Need To Get An EIN For An Estate?

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When a person dies, any income-generating assets they leave behind become an estate. Typically, those assets will become the responsibility of the deceased’s descendants, or an executor, at which time an EIN for an estate will be required.

An Employer Identification Number, or EIN for short, is a federal tax ID used by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to track the tax responsibilities of various legal entities. The decedent’s Social Security Number (SSN) may not be used to report income generated by his or her assets; when a person dies, the estate becomes a separate legal entity and therefore will need a new tax ID.

Get an EIN for an Estate

You can apply for an EIN several ways, but the fastest and easiest way to get an EIN for an estate is to apply online.

Our online application process is easier and faster than other application processes. We’ve streamlined the form and expedited the filing process so that you can get results within 1-2 business days, instead of 1-2 weeks.

Our online portal also allows you to check your EIN status online anytime you want, and we’ll keep a copy for your records in case you ever lose or misplace this important tax ID number.

What You Need to Get Started

To complete the form, you will need a few important pieces of information:

  • The Social Security Number of the deceased
  • The Social Security Number of the responsible party, or executor
  • Contact information for the responsible party or executor

Have these ready before you apply and you’ll be done in a few short minutes. When your EIN for an estate is ready, we will email you the results directly to your inbox.

Now that you know how to get an EIN for an estate, all you have to do is apply. Don’t wait to get this important tax ID.

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