What's an Employee Identification Number (EIN)?

An EIN (aka Federal Tax ID) is like a Social Security number for your business. The IRS uses it to identify you for tax purposes.

Required for Most Businesses

You need an EIN if you plan on having employees or filing business taxes.

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IRS forms are complicated. We'll file form SS-4 and work with the government on your behalf.

Required by Most Banks

Banks usually ask for your federal tax ID when you open a business account or line of credit.

Who Needs an EIN

Who needs an EIN?

Your business needs an EIN if you...

Have employees or plan to have employees.

Operate as a corporation or partnership.

File any of these tax returns: Employment, Excise, ATF.

Prefer to avoid sharing your Social Security number for business.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does an EIN protect my identity?

Sole proprietors may use an EIN/ federal tax ID to help keep their own Social Security numbers private.

Do I need an EIN to open a bank account?

Most banks will require an EIN or Tax ID to open a business bank account. Some banks may allow Sole Proprietors to open a business bank account by utilizing their Social Security Number instead. But even then, some banks may require an EIN instead.

I think I already have an EIN. How do I find it?

If you have an EIN but lost, misplaced, or cannot remember it, you can contact the IRS to search their database for it. The number for the Business & Specialty Tax Line is 800-829-4933 and is available Monday-Friday, from 7am to 7pm. An assistor will ask you identifying questions to ensure security, and then provide your number to you over the telephone.

What's the difference between an EIN and a Tax ID?

On a technical level, an EIN is a Tax Identification Number. The term Tax ID Number refers to types of numbers that are generated for tax purposes. They’re typically used to track payments made to individuals on the federal level, though Tax IDs can also be issued on the state level. EINs are Tax ID Numbers specifically for businesses. Unlike Tax IDs, an EIN is always issued on the federal level.

Do EINs expire?

Employer Identification Numbers do not expire. Once an EIN has been issued to a business, it will not be issued again.

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