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What is a FEIN?
FEIN, EIN, federal tax ID, employer identification number: these are all names for the unique number the IRS assigns your business. The IRS uses this number to easily identify your company on federal filings.
Why do I need a FEIN?
Corporations are required to obtain a FEIN for their federal corporate income tax filings. Most other businesses will need a FEIN as well for other filings. For instance, if you’re going to have employees, you’ll have to obtain a tax ID number to make your reporting requirements with the IRS for withholding, Medicare, and social security.
It’s also a good idea to get a federal tax ID number to better establish separation of your company and yourself. Business IDs may be requested for everything from business license applications to vendor contracts. Without a federal tax ID, you’ll be stuck using your personal social security number instead.
How do I get a tax ID number from the IRS?
There are a couple ways you can get a FEIN from the IRS. You can apply online on the IRS website. You can fax file. You can call the IRS directly. You can mail the application in. Or you can hire a professional business service such as Northwest Registered Agent.
You can get a FEIN yourself—BUT if you do it wrong, you’ll be notifying a lot of different parts of the IRS that you don’t need to, and filling out zero returns and passing paperwork back and forth with the IRS for months to come.
At Northwest, we specialize in forming LLCs and corporations. You can order a FEIN in addition to our incorporation service fee for $50. (If you don’t have a social security number, we charge $200, as these applications require a paper form and cannot be submitted online.) When we get a federal tax ID number for you, we get it done right the first time—and will often have your number by the end of the day.