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10 Business Entities That May Need an Employer ID Number

Sole Proprietorship

Operated by a single person (sole proprietor), with no distinction between your personal and professional assets and liabilities.

Nonprofit

A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that was created and is now operating for a collective, public, or social benefit.

LLC

Limited liability corporations (LLCs) create a legal separation between the owner and the business.

Partnership

An arrangement between at least two individuals to manage and operate a business for shares of profit, ownership, and pass-through federal tax benefits.

C-Corp

A business entity formed via Articles of Incorporation, which separates the owner(s) from the business for tax account and liability purposes.

S-corp

A subchapter S corporation operates similarly to C-corps, except that it’s structured to help owners avoid double taxation.

Estate

A legal entity type created to protect and eventually give away an individual’s assets after their death.

PSC

A personal service corporation refers to a business entity type that provides individual services such as accounting or legal advice.

Trust

An individual’s assets held on behalf of and for the benefit of the beneficiary.

CCO

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is controlled by a church or place of worship.

Sole Proprietorship

Operated by a single person (sole proprietor), with no distinction between your personal and professional assets and liabilities.

Nonprofit

A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that was created and is now operating for a collective, public, or social benefit.

LLC

Limited liability corporations (LLCs) create a legal separation between the owner and the business.

Partnership

An arrangement between at least two individuals to manage and operate a business for shares of profit, ownership, and pass-through federal tax benefits.

C-Corp

A business entity formed via Articles of Incorporation, which separates the owner(s) from the business for tax account and liability purposes.

S-corp

A subchapter S corporation operates similarly to C-corps, except that it’s structured to help owners avoid double taxation.

Estate

A legal entity type created to protect and eventually give away an individual’s assets after their death.

PSC

A personal service corporation refers to a business entity type that provides individual services such as accounting or legal advice.

Trust

An individual’s assets held on behalf of and for the benefit of the beneficiary.

CCO

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is controlled by a church or place of worship.

Why You Need an EIN

There are several reasons why an Employer Identification Number (EIN) is so important. For one, you might find yourself in a situation in which you need to do one of the following:

Get a new EIN Most businesses will need a new EIN if they switch their ownership or structure. Other common reasons to change an EIN is if you filed for bankruptcy, you incorporate or inherit a business, or if you become a partnership.
Update your EIN You will need to update your EIN if you have made a mistake on your application or if you have made any changes to your business. When updating your EIN information, do not reapply for a new EIN. Send a letter to the IRS and inform them of your situation.
Retrieve your EIN If you have lost or misplaced your EIN, you can call the IRS and an authorized person can verbally tell you the number. Another way you can find it is if you have used it to previously file taxes or open a bank account.
Get an IRS confirmation letter If you lose your EIN, you will have to contact the IRS and request a confirmation letter. The request must come from the organization’s Responsible Party that is currently on file.

Get a new EIN Most businesses will need a new EIN if they switch their ownership or structure. Other common reasons to change an EIN is if you filed for bankruptcy, you incorporate or inherit a business, or if you become a partnership.

Update your EIN You will need to update your EIN if you have made a mistake on your application or if you have made any changes to your business. When updating your EIN information, do not reapply for a new EIN. Send a letter to the IRS and inform them of your situation.

Retrieve your EIN If you have lost or misplaced your EIN, you can call the IRS and an authorized person can verbally tell you the number. Another way you can find it is if you have used it to previously file taxes or open a bank account.

Get an IRS confirmation letter If you lose your EIN, you will have to contact the IRS and request a confirmation letter. The request must come from the organization’s Responsible Party that is currently on file.

How it works

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Answer a simplified questionnaire that tailors our services to your exact needs.

Sign your application with our proprietary electronic signature technology

Done! Your EIN Number will be delivered by email

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between an EIN and a TIN?

A TIN is a Taxpayer Identification number and represents any ID number distributed by the IRS. An EIN is just one type of TIN number.

Is there a way to verify my EIN?

Yes, you can get a letter from the IRS that confirms that you have an EIN. You can do this yourself or use our services to do it for you.

How much does it cost to get a new EIN?

Since obtaining an EIN is a free service through the IRS, it does not cost money to apply for an EIN.

Why GOV+

GOV+ is a fast and convenient way to get an EIN online. As a business owner, that’s exactly what you need. If you’re looking for a simple, tech-based platform to streamline the process, we’re the solution you’ve been waiting for. GOV+ combines cloud-based technology with an expert customer service team so you can get your government forms and get on your way - no more red tape. Just fill out a single-paged EIN online application—we’ll handle the rest.

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Ultra-quick customer service

Get fast, accurate answers to all of your questions at every step. With average 30 second hold times and efficient conversations, you’ll be on your way in no time.

Real-time status updates

o more waiting and wondering about your form’s status. GOV+ offers instant updates and customizable alerts, from the moment of filing to final outcome.

Tailored Transactions

GOV+ technology eliminates needless busywork with forms and applications that adapt to you. Your situation is unique, and you deserve a simple, personalized experience.

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