How to Get a Tax ID Number From the IRS For Your Small Business

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taxidAny new entrepreneur quickly realizes there is a lot to do to get your business up and going. Between websites and marketing, business licenses and bank accounts, there’s not a lot of time to focus on the tax aspect of your business until…well, tax time. When starting a small business, you’ll need to obtain a Federal Tax ID number from the IRS in order to file taxes and have your business be recognized. This is also referred to as EIN, or Employee Identification Number. Here’s how to get one:

Apply Online. The quickest and easiest way to obtain an EIN is through the IRS website. You must complete the application all at once because you can’t save it and return later. Have your Social Security Number handy, as well as your business information. Apply for your EIN online here.

Apply by Mail. A mail application for an EIN generally takes about four weeks to be processed. You’ll need to send a Form SS-4 as your application. See where to send your application to here.

Apply by Fax. Complete the SS-4 and send to the appropriate fax number found here. The turnaround time for an EIN application through fax is about four business days.

Apply by Telephone. This method is for international applicants only. International applicants may call 267-941-1099 (not a toll-free number) 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday to obtain their EIN. The person applying for the EIN by telephone must have all information pertaining to the SS-4.

Other Important EIN Information

  • In order to obtain an EIN, your business must be located in the United States.
  • Only one EIN can be granted per eligible person per day
  • If you have misplaced your EIN, do not apply for a new one. Find out what to do if you’ve lost your EIN here.
  • For more information on obtaining an EIN, visit the IRS website.

Have a question about obtaining your Tax ID number from the IRS? Give us a call, we can help!

Ben Sutton

Ben Sutton

Ben Sutton is the founder of Mazuma USA, an accounting firm providing tax, bookkeeping and payroll services to small businesses. Since founding Mazuma, Ben has established himself as an expert in the small business world. He’s still driven by that same desire to provide accounting help to all small businesses – from photographers, bloggers and creatives to lawyers, doctors, and dentists, everyone needs affordable accounting help. Ben is a Certified Public Accountant, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. But Ben considers his greatest achievement and credential to be his happy wife and four children.

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