What is EIN?
The Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as the Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) or the Federal Tax Identification Number, is a unique nine-digit number ( for example, 12-3456789) assigned by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to business entities operating in the United States for the purposes of identification.
review the application, IRS Form SS-4 and the Instructions for Form SS-
Ways to apply for EIN
1. Apply Online
use the online EIN application form, called the EIN Assistant.In this case, it's best to have the application completed and all the questions answered before you go online, because you will have to begin over if you have to stop to figure out the responses. The IRS says:
2. Apply by phone
Call the Business & Specialty Tax Line at (800) 829-4933.The hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. local time, Monday to Friday. Someone will take your information over the phone and assign you an EIN at the end of the conversation.
Note: International applicants must call (215) 516-6999 (Not a toll-free number).
3. Apply by FAX
Fax the completed SS-4 application form to your state fax number. If you include your fax number, you will receive your EIN by fax within four business days.
4. Apply by email
Mail your completed SS-4 Form to the appropriate IRS office. You will receive your EIN by email within four weeks.
As you can see, if you are comfortable applying online or by phone, you can receive your EIN immediately instead of waiting days or weeks.