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What is an Employer Identification Number (EIN)?


An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number. Generally, businesses need an EIN. You may apply for an EIN in various ways, including online. This is a free IRS service. Check with your state to see if you need a state number or charter.

To apply for a federal EIN go to www.irs.gov and type EIN in the search box. The IRS Internet EIN application is the fastest and most accurate way to get an EIN. Once the online application is completed, the information is validated and an EIN is issued immediately. Before applying, make sure you have the information you need by downloading a Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number. It contains all the items that will be requested when you apply for an EIN.


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