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How to Get an EIN without an SSN

How to obtain an EIN without an SSN

EINs are free and easy to obtain with a Social Security Number (SSN). Or, if you don’t have an SSN, you may get an EIN by following these steps:

How do I get an EIN without an SSN?

If you don’t have an SSN, you’ll need to use Form SS-4 to obtain an employer identification number from the IRS. You’ll fill-out basic information about your business—name, entity type, location—then mail the completed document to the IRS. The IRS recommends sending Form SS-4 at least four to five weeks before you will need to use your EIN. (You can read IRS instructions for Form SS-4 on the IRS website.)

Can I get an EIN online with Form SS-4?

No. Unless you have an SSN, you’ll have to mail or fax Form SS-4 to the IRS to obtain an EIN.

Do I need a US address to get an EIN?

No. You don’t technically need a domestic address to obtain an EIN. However, using an address within the US might be helpful later on when it comes to opening a US bank account. If you don’t reside in the US, you can use a service like Northwest, which will provide you with an address for your registered agent that you can also use for filing Form SS-4.

Where do I mail Form SS-4?

If applying with an address inside the US:

Internal Revenue Service
Attn: EIN Operation
Cincinnati, OH 45999

Or, if applying with an address outside the US:

Internal Revenue Service
Attn: EIN International Operation
Cincinnati, OH 45999

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