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Do I need an Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number?
In short, the answer is yes. That number is a unique number used to identify your business. You'll need it when registering your business with state or federal agencies. You must have an EIN if you sell goods and/or have employees. Occasionally, some sole proprietors choose to use their social security number (SSN) in lieu of an EIN; however, in today's world where identify theft is a very real threat, it's a safer bet to protect your SSN and use an EIN, even if you're a sole proprietor.
Follow these simple steps to receive your FEIN fast:
1. Apply online by visiting the IRS site at www.irs.gov, or
2. Call and apply by phone. Call the IRS at 800-829-4933.
3. The IRS will only issue an EIN over the phone or online to those duly qualified as listed above.
4. Write the number you are issued and keep it in a safe place.
5. If you would prefer to file for your FEIN by mail, visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov and download the
Form SS-4. Complete, sign and date the form and mail to the address shown on the form.
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