Applying for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) is an important step for your business. Instead of using your own social security number to do business, you are using an EIN.
Having an EIN provides you with some measure of privacy. Disclosing your social security number to your clients may expose you to personal identity theft, whereas an EIN reduces the chances of you falling victim to this crime.
An Employer Identification Number (EIN) never expires, so there is no need to reapply once you already have your number.
If you lost or misplaced your EIN, find a previous tax return for the existing entity. The EIN should be notated on that document.
If you used your EIN to create an account with a bank or applied for any type of local or state license, you should contact the agency or bank to obtain your EIN.
If you still can’t find your EIN, then contact the IRS by calling the Business and Specialty Tax Line.
If you haven’t applied for an EIN yet, we have made it easy with just 3 steps.
What are you filing as? Choose one.
This is where you enter your personal information, business information, and additional information.
Once you have submitted your form, you should receive your EIN the same day. If you are submitting this form after 6pm PST, you may receive your EIN the next business day.
You can verify your EIN status by going to Order Status and enter your order number or e-mail address.