Getting an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from IRS

By | April 13, 2014

How do you request an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS?

An employer identification number (EIN, for short) is a nine-digit number assigned by the IRS . It is used to identify the tax accounts of employers and certain others who have no employees. The IRS uses the number to identify taxpayers who are required to file various business tax returns. The EIN is for essential for employers, sole proprietors, corporations, partnerships, nonprofit associations, trusts, estates of deceased persons, government agencies, certain individuals and other business entities.

If you already have an EIN and changes occur in the organization or the owner of your business, you may need to request a new number. For more information, see Do You Need an EIN?  or Publication 1635 (PDF), Understanding Your EIN (Understanding Your EIN ), or call 800-829-4933.


Limitation of daily Employer Identification Number EIN Creations

From the May 21, 2012, to ensure fair and equitable treatment for all taxpayers, the IRS limits the creation of EIN to one party responsible daily. This limitation applies to all applications for EIN , whether made ​​online, by fax or by mail.

There are three ways to apply for an EIN:

  1. Internet
  2. By fax and
  3. By mail.

Internet : The preferred method to apply for an EIN is online. The application for the EIN online is available Monday through Friday, from 7 am to 10 pm ET. The information submitted is checked during the online session. Once complete, it assigns an EIN immediately. Taxpayers who apply online have the option to view, print and save your notice of assignment of EIN at the end of the session. (Designated Authorised third receive EIN , but reporting assignment EIN will be mailed to the applicant.)

The online application is available for all entities whose principal business, office or agency, or legal residence (in the case of an individual), is located in the United States or its territories. Additionally, the principal officer, general partner, grantor, owner, trustor etc.., Must have a valid taxpayer identification number (social security number, employer identification number or personal identification number of the taxpayer) to do use of the online application.

Requesting EIN from IRS

The online application is not available to third parties or entities designated foreign addresses (including Puerto Rico).

By fax : You can get an EIN by completing Form SS-4 Application for Employer Identification Number (Application for Employer Identification Number) and faxing the IRS for processing. The numbers of fax IRS appear in the instructions for Form SS-4.The EIN is requested by fax will be assigned a term of 4 working days. The application of TIN   by fax is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

By mail : You can also get the EIN by completing Form SS-4, in English, and sending it to the service center address the IRS in the instructions for Form SS-4, in English. Ensure that the Form SS-4 contains all the required information. An EIN will be assigned and mailed to you within 4-5 weeks.

Request by phone – international applicants


International Applicants for EIN

International applicants may call 267-941-1099 (not a free call) (ET) from 6 am to 11 pm Monday through Friday to get your EIN . The person making the call must be authorized to receive the EIN and answer questions about the Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number(Application for Employer Identification Number). Complete section of designee only if you want to authorize the named individual to receive the EIN of the entity and answer questions about the data to complete Form SS-4.


Requesting International EIN

The designated authority ends at the time the EIN is assigned and given to the designee. You must complete the signature area for the authorization is valid.