Author Gertrude Brogi
Posted Mar 8, 2023
Good news! Getting an Employer Identification Number (EIN) is now quick and easy. The process of applying for an EIN has been simplified so that you can apply directly to the IRS website with just a few basic bits of information. It only takes 3 simple steps to get your employer identification number.
For international applicants, the process is still straightforward and can be done via fax. There are a few extra documents that need to be provided, but this does not interrupt the application process overall.
No matter where you are based in the world, getting an EIN is now simpler than ever thanks to the new streamlined application process. Read on to find out how you can apply for your EIN with just a few clicks of your mouse or taps on your device!
How to apply for an employer identification number in 3 steps
"Tax season can be a stressful time for business owners, especially when it comes to applying for a business loan. Luckily, the application process for an employer identification number (EIN) is simple and straightforward. With these three easy steps, you’ll be able to get your EIN in no time!
First, check the eligibility requirements to make sure your business qualifies. Then gather the information needed to complete the application. Finally, submit the application form along with any necessary documentation. Following these simple instructions will ensure that you have all the necessary information when it’s time to apply for your employer identification number."
1. Determine your eligibility for an EIN
Are you wondering if you are eligible for an Employer Identification Number (EIN)? The basic requirements to determine your eligibility are that you must be engaged in a principal business and the person applying must have a valid taxpayer identification number such as a social security number.
The main income-generating activity of the business must be determined and can include activities such as being a consultant, engineer, doctor, auto repair shop or any other type of business with a main physical location. Even if your business provides services, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t meet the eligibility requirements. Your primary business activities need to be taken into consideration when determining whether or not you qualify for an EIN. As the business owner or responsible party, you will need to apply provided that the responsible party signs Form SS-4 and enters their information in the third-party designee section if necessary.
2. Gather the necessary information
Gathering the necessary information to obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) is a straightforward process. If you have the required information ready, including names, addresses and social security numbers of responsible parties, and details regarding your business entity or multi-member LLC, you'll have all the information you'll need for completing the EIN application.
The primary reason for an EIN is to use it for business banking purposes and hiring employees. You will also need to provide information about your primary industry and primary product, as well as the highest number of employees expected in the next 12 months, date wages were paid, and whether this was in a closing month or fiscal year (typically December). If you're a calendar-year taxpayer, you can also use an EIN to file an annual employer tax return or quarterly employer tax return. It's best to consult with your accountant if you are uncertain about filing with a calendar year.
To apply for an EIN online via form SS-4 is free of charge and can be found in PDF version from the IRS website. The online application process is fast and secure so make sure to have all required information ready before beginning.
3. Apply for an EIN online or by mail or fax
For US-based applicants, applying for an employer identification number (EIN) is a necessary step for business purposes. The fastest method to receive an EIN is to apply online. The IRS Online EIN Assistant offers a simple and easy step-by-step form available from 7 am to 10 pm EST that you can complete in about 15 minutes. As the assistant walks you through the application process, you'll automatically receive your EIN instantly after electronically submitting the completed form SS-4.
Fax applications and mailed applications are also available, but may take up to 4 business days for processing. For security reasons, it's important that the responsible party provide accurate information in order for the IRS Online Application to generate an EIN instantly and then electronically submit it.
Protect Your Company: The Dangers of Business Identity Theft
When it comes to safeguarding a business, having an employer identification number (EIN) is essential. A business ein is a unique number that the IRS recognizes as being assigned to a company. Identity thieves may try to use a companys EIN to open bank accounts and apply for credit cards in the company name. If this happens, the company may receive tax notices from the IRS for fictitious employees or taxes on income they haven’t actually received. They may also receive bills for credit cards or other services that have been opened with their EIN.
Business identity theft can be very difficult to detect, so it’s important for businesses to check their business credit report regularly and look out for unexplained creditors or out-of-date information. By checking their business credit report regularly, companies can identify any suspicious activity related to their EIN more quickly and take steps to protect themselves from identity theft. Additionally, companies should contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) if they believe their EIN has been accessed by someone without permission.
The IRS provides resources such as its Tax Practitioner Guide and Business Identity Theft guide to help companies protect themselves from identity theft and fraud. By clicking “accept” when prompted during sign up or renewal processes, companies are agreeing to certain terms and conditions that enhance site navigation and analyze site usage for marketing efforts. Companies should therefore always read these terms carefully before proceeding with any registration process involving their EIN.
Unraveling the Mystery of Another Business's EIN
Figuring out another business’s Employer Identification Number (EIN) can be a challenging process. It isn't always easy to find public documents that contain this information, and it's even more difficult when you're trying to gain access to someone elses EIN. But there are ways to acquire the necessary public information and protect your business from identity theft.
One way to uncover another company’s EIN is through the EDGAR Search Service website which is operated by the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC). This website can provide you with considerable information on public companies, such as those that have their shares traded on the stock market. You can also use a business credit report search to locate a company's EIN, since it is generally included in any public document pertaining to a business.
Finally, if all else fails, you may want to consider asking the company directly for its EIN. Though it may be reluctant at first, many companies will provide their EIN upon request – especially if you explain why it is so important for your own business needs. With this information in hand, you'll have everything you need to ensure that your company is safe from business identity theft.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I find a company's Ein online?
Yes, you can find a company's EIN online by searching for their official website or looking up the company in the IRS' Tax Exempt Organization Search. For more information, check out our article on how to find a company's EIN.
How do I Find my Business Ein online?
If you are looking for your business's EIN number, there are several online resources that can help. Visit the IRS website for information on how to obtain your business's EIN number quickly and easily.
Can I verify an EIN number online?
Yes, you can verify an EIN number online. To learn more about how to easily and quickly verify an EIN number, click here.
How do you look up an Employer Identification Number?
Looking up an Employer Identification Number (EIN) is easy! Simply use the IRS EIN Lookup Tool, which allows you to quickly and securely search for a valid EIN. Learn more about how to look up an EIN here.
How can I get a business Ein number?
To obtain a business EIN number, you can apply for one online or by mail with the IRS. You can find more information about the requirements and application process on the IRS website.