Do You Need an Employer Identification Number? (EIN)

Filing Taxes is difficult, which is usually where I come in.
If you're new to the Business World, you may not yet know what you need.


An EIN is necessary if you say 'yes' to any of these questions:

  1. Do you have an employees besides yourself?
  2. Does your business operate as a corporation or a partnership?
  3. Do you file any of these tax returns?
    • employment
    • excise
    • alcohol
    • tobacco
    • firearms
  4. Do you withhold taxes on income (other than wages) for a non-resident alien?
  5. Do you have a Keogh Plan?
  6. Are you involved in any of these organizations?
    • Trusts (EXCEPT certain grantor-owned revocable trusts, IRAs, Exempt Organization Business Income Tax Return)
    • Estates
    • Real estate mortgage investment conduits
    • Non-profit Organizations
    • Employee Plans
If you need an EIN, you can:

  • Go to www.irs.gov and search for online EIN
  • Call EIN at 800.829.4933
  • Fax a completed Form SS-4 to the Fax # located in the SS-4 Instructions
  • Mail a completed Form SS-4 to the address in the SS-4 instructions



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