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How can you find the Employer Identification Number (EIN) for a business online?

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It is not possible to find the Employer Identification Number, or EIN, for a business online, according to the IRS. However, there are other ways to locate it.

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There are several ways for those who have misplaced their EIN to find it:

  • When the IRS issues EINs, it sends a computer generated notice. EIN holders can find it on there.
  • Business owners who open a bank account or apply for a state license can contact the relevant organization to request their EIN.
  • When filing a tax return, it is necessary to provide an EIN. Past tax returns usually feature the EIN as standard.
  • Individuals who are unable to locate their EIN on a document or by contacting their bank can speak to the IRS via their Business & Tax Specialty Line instead. It is possible to contact them between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. When requesting the EIN, it is necessary to answer some security questions. Only certain persons can request their EIN over the phone from the IRS. This includes sole proprietors, individuals in a business partnership, corporate officers, executors of a state and trust trustees.

People who do not hold an EIN can apply for one online at the website of the IRS. Doing so is free, and it is possible to receive the number instantly. In some cases, it is necessary to apply for a new EIN. This means businesses should check to ensure their EIN is up-to-date.

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