Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) Online
Planned Outage: July 4-8, 2013
This service will be unavailable on Thursday, July 4, 2013 until 7:00 a.m. ET on Monday, July 8, 2013. We apologize for any inconvenience.
No need to file a Form SS-4! We ask you the questions and you give us the answers. After all validations are done you will get your EIN immediately upon completion. You can then download, save, and print your EIN confirmation notice.
Purpose of an Employer Identification Number
Employer Identification Numbers are issued for the purpose of tax administration and are not intended for participation in any other activities (e.g., tax lien auction or sales, lotteries, etc.)
Daily Limitation of an Employer Identification Number
Effective May 21, 2012, to ensure fair and equitable treatment for all taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service will limit Employer Identification Number (EIN) issuance to one per responsible party per day. For trusts, the limitation is applied to the grantor, owner, or trustor. For estates, the limitation is applied to the decedent (decedent estate) or the debtor (bankruptcy estate). This limitation is applicable to all requests for EINs whether online or by phone, fax or mail. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
If you need to file a return, but do not have your EIN yet due to the limitation discussed above, complete a Form SS-4 and attach it to the completed and signed tax return. Mail both forms to the address for filing the tax return. See Where to File. The IRS will assign your EIN and then process your tax return. You will receive a notice advising you of your EIN within four weeks
Is the Responsible Party For Your New Entity an EIN Previously Obtained Through the Internet?
We cannot process your application online if the responsible party is an entity with an EIN previously obtained through the Internet. Please use one of our other methods to apply. See How to Apply for an EIN. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 2013-07-02