One of the most important numbers for a business owner to know besides their social security number is their business’ employer identification number (EIN).
But unlike social security numbers, EINs aren’t something that most people can recall off the top of their heads. This is sometimes a problem because EINs are required on a variety of different business documents from tax returns to bank account applications.
In this guide, we’ll go over how to find business EIN numbers both for your own business and for other companies in case you ever need to locate a taxpayer identification number..
The first thing to ask when trying to locate EIN numbers is whether or not the business in question even has an EIN. To determine this, you’ll need to know whether the business meets certain standards that require them to get an EIN.
According to the IRS, these standards are that a business:
A sole proprietorship that doesn’t meet the above standards may still choose to get an EIN in order to interact with other businesses or set up business accounts.
If you have lost track of your business’ EIN, the good news is that there are a number of ways that you can locate it.
In order to find your EIN, the IRS recommends taking the following measures:
While most of the time, you will only need to know your own business’ EIN, there are certain occasions when you may need to look up another business’ EIN in order to verify their information.
Since finding another business’s EIN isn’t as common, the process of finding it is less straightforward. But there are still measures you can take to track down another company’s EIN:
One thing to be careful about when looking up a company’s EIN number using a third-party database not affiliated with the IRS website is to make sure that the number you find is legitimate.
While you can only speak with the IRS directly to confirm the legitimacy of your own business’ EIN, there are certain steps you can take in order to check the legitimacy of another business tax ID number.
First, you can verify that the taxpayer identification number you find is the correct number of digits. Just like a social security number (SSN), your company’s EIN should be exactly nine digits long.
Secondly, the IRS has a list of valid EIN number prefixes. You can compare the business tax ID you find against this list to make sure that it matches up with one of the verified number prefixes.
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