Trying to get all the elements of my company started up has been easier than I thought with your help and expertise. The 1 day turnaround in getting my employer identification number was wonderful. Two thumbs up is all I can say! -- John Perry (Chicago, IL)
As a Canadian trying to start up a business in the United States, I wasn't sure where to start. Your advice and thorough knowledge is greatly appreciated. Thank you for making the process of obtaining an EIN number so simple. -- Maggie Tang (Vancouver, BC)
Not having to acquire an ITIN was a relief! I appreciate how easy you have made the online EIN application forms. The questions that I had were answered promptly and in layman's terms. Superb & extremely fast service. -- Todd Aitchison (Sydney, Australia)
In general, almost every business or legal entity in the United States requires an employer ID number. The only exception are sole proprietorships that do not have any employees and do not have to file any excise, alcohol, tobacco and firearms tax returns. Even nonprofit organizations and other non-business related entities such as churches, clubs, estates, and trusts, etc., must obtain an IRS EIN (tax identification number).
U.S. businesses will generally need to obtain an employer ID number as soon as it hires any employees or meets other guidelines outlined by the IRS. In addition, U.S. banks usually require businesses operating in the United States and other legal entities to obtain an employer ID number before opening a U.S. bank account.
Foreign businesses and other entities are also required to obtain an employer ID number before operating in the United States.
The following business entities operating in the United States require an employer ID number:
* If a business operates as a sole proprietorship, has no employees and does not file any excise, alcohol, tobacco and firearms tax returns, then an employer ID number is not needed.
In addition to the previously listed business entities that require an IRS EIN (tax identification number), the following types of legal entities also require an employer ID number:
If your legal entity requires an IRS EIN (tax identification number), apply online for an employer ID number now!
Our greatest advantage for international EIN applicants is that as Certifying Acceptance Agents we can bypass the ITIN requirement!
Have a question that you don't see the answer to on our website? Contact us for more information on obtaining an EIN number.