Getting an EIN for Your Corporation is easy with the simple instructions below:

Federal Employment Identification Numbers (FEINs or EINs) are like social security numbers for businesses and all corporations need one. Fortunately, the process for obtaining an EIN for your corporation is fairly simple. You can apply to the IRS for an EIN online or by paper by filing Form SS-4. Below, you’ll find step-by-step instructions to obtain your corporation’s EIN:

Download Form SS-4

  1. Contact InformationThe first seven (7) lines are simply contact information for your corporation applying for the EIN. You’ll only want to put your own name down if you are applying for an EIN as a sole proprietor.

    When you get to line 7a (Name of responsible party), this is where you’ll need to enter your name, or that of whomever will be paying the corporation’s taxes, as well as their Social Security Number (SSN) in box 7b; if the responsible party is another corporation or business entity, enter that entity’s name and its EIN.

  2. Entity ConformationBoxes eight (8) through nine (9) are concerned with the type of entity applying for the EIN. Simply select “corporation.”

    Also, remember a nonprofit IS a corporation. It’s just a corporation that has elected to be “not for profit”.

  3. Accounting and TaxesThe latter half of the application is mostly concerned with how your corporation should be taxed and what types of returns the IRS should expect from your corporation. Box 10 determines your purpose for obtaining an EIN.

    Box 12 asks which month will be the closing month of the accounting year. Most people choose December, as the fiscal year typically runs in line with the calendar year.

    Box 14 determines which tax return you’ll need to file for your corporation. If you think your corporation will owe less than $1,000 in taxes for the tax year, you may be eligible to file Form 944 as a return annually, instead of having to file Form 941 and pay taxes quarterly.

    In box 15, include the date when the first wages were paid to employees. If you have no employees, write “N/A.”

    Box 16 asks you to indicate what type of activities in which you corporation will engage. Box 17 asks for further specification of the types of products or services your corporation offers. You should be as concise and specific as possible.

  4. Sign and Send
    You’ve now completed Form SS-4. Sign the form and submit it to the IRS. If you file online, your corporation will receive its EIN instantly.


IRS Filing Information:
Internal Revenue Service
ATTN: EIN Operation
Cincinnati, OH 45999
Fax-TIN: 859-669-5790

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