How to Apply for an Employer Identification Number Using Form SS-4
If you need the Employer Identification Number, you must file IRS Form SS-4. It is a key document for every individual who wants to establish his own business on the territory of the United States. This form is called the Application for Employer Identification Number. It is a 9-digit number that must be assigned to every corporation, estate, trust, partnership, individual or other entity. Your business tax account will be established with the help of the information provided in this application. Your EIN cannot be used instead of your SSN (Social security number).
The best way is to apply online. You can easily find a PDF or Word SS-4 form 2017 on our site and complete it electronically. Using our service you will find lots of editing tools that will simplify the process of completion. Do not worry about the mistakes as you can correct them instantly. Add as many fillable fields as you need, sign and date the document, and manage it no matter where you are. There is also the chance to download and print the form, however, this printable option is not that convenient.
There are the instructions and a sample on the official site of the Internal Revenue Service. Check them before starting to fill out the form. Your key task is to provide such information as the name of your organization, your name, the name of the responsible person, the reason for applying, type of your corporation, type of your business activity, mailing address, SSN, date the business was started, the number of the employees, etc.
If you do not want to apply online, you may do so in other ways. You may apply via telephone, fax or email. Filing by telephone may be useful for international applicants. However, the telephone number for non-residents is not toll-free (1-267-941-1099) while the one for citizens is (1-800-829-4933). This option allows you to obtain the EIN in a few minutes.
After sending your application to the IRS fax number, you must wait for about 4 days to receive the IRS SS4 letter of confirmation. Applying via email requires even more time (approximately 4 weeks). Regardless of the way you apply for your Application for Employer Identification Number, we recommend keeping a copy of your application for your records