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How to get an Employer Identification Number?

What is an Employer Identification Number?


An employer identification number is filed with the Internal Revenue Service for a new entity or hiring an employee. An Employer Identification Number is different from a sales tax.


How to apply for an Employer Identification Number?


  • It is applied online with the Internal Revenue Service or filing a Form SS4.
  • A Non US Resident can also apply for an Employer Identification Number regardless of the Social Security Number.
  • The Internal Revenue Service issues a unique employer identification number for each entity, whereas for a sole proprietorship, the IRS issues an employer identification number once only which can be used for multiple businesses, because it is issued to an individual rather a company such a corporation or a limited liability company.
  • Legal name of the entity or an individual for whom the Employer Identification Number is being requested is provided in the application.
  • Trade name of the business if it is different from a legal entity.
  • A complete mailing address which includes the street address, city, state and the country.
  • Entity structure such as a corporation, limited liability company, nonprofit, personal service corporation, church or an individual.
  • Reason for applying, such as to hire employee, start a new business or for the estate.
  • Short business description.


What is an estimated time to issue an employer identification number by the Internal Revenue Service?


  • The internal revenue service issues it instantly, If it is applied with the social security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.

  • Otherwise, it takes five to seven working days, because the Internal Revenue Service process the Form SS4 manually. A Form-SS4 is either faxed to the IRS at 1+855.641.6935 or mail to the Internal Revenue Service Center, according to your zone which can be confirmed from the IRS. Gov.