To get an EIN, you must make sure your business first meet at least one of the following conditions below. If your company does, then you will need to apply for an EIN. You can even check EIN status through their website!
An EIN (employer identification number) is a nine-digit number used by the IRS (internal revenue system) to identify entities for tax purposes. It is the social security number of your business!
If your business meets any of the circumstances below, you will need to get an EIN:
- Has employees
- Operates as a partnership or firm
- Files excise, alcohol, tobacco, employment, or firearms tax returns
- Withhold taxes on revenue, besides pay, paid to a foreign alien
- Have a Keogh plan
- Are involved with a trust, IRA, estate, non-profit, real estate mortgage investment conduit, farmers’ cooperative, or plan administrator program
If you do not have a social security number, you will first want to see if you’re eligible to obtain one. Once you do so, you will need to get one before you can apply for an EIN. Please note that only noncitizens who have permission to work in the United States from the Department of Homeland Security may obtain a social security number. If you are an immigrant, you can apply for an SSN at the same time you apply for your immigrant visa with DHS. If you discover that you are not eligible, there is another option; you may see if you qualify to complete the ITIN application.
Once you have the proper requirements met, you may apply online at any time! You may apply for your EIN online through IRS-EIN-Tax-ID.com. Once you apply, you can check EIN status with our hassle-free and convenient IRS EIN lookup service available on our website.