Federal Tax ID Number
Most businesses are required to get a federal EIN, also known as a Federal Tax ID Number. Sole proprietorship without employees or without a Keogh Plan are not required to have an EIN. For more information on businesses required to have an EIN, contact the IRS directly 800-829-3676 or visit their website. It is also highly recommended that you consult an accountant for more specific information as it relates to your business.
Obtaining an EIN
To obtain an EIN from the IRS, complete IRS Form SS-4 (PDF).
Your legal business structure must already be determined prior to applying for an EIN.