The SS-4 form allows any entity that is new or current to apply for an employer identification number (EIN) through the Internal Revenue Service.
3 Ways Get a Federal Tax ID Number
Option 1 – Apply Online – This is the fastest way to get an EIN number. It is free and you will get your federal tax identification number at the end of your session. Make sure to save the pdf document that they will provide on the last page as you will need this official document to conduct financial activities such as open a bank account.
Option 2 – Telephone – 1-800-829-4933 – If you have the time you can apply over the phone. Make sure you have at least one (1) hour to spend on the phone as the Internal Revenue Service is very busy and can make you hold for up to 90 minutes to get an operator.
- Hours: Monday thru Friday 7am to 10pm
Option 3 – Paper Application – Once you complete this form you may be able to fax or send via standard mail to the IRS at the following numbers and addresses:
If business has a principal office address inside the USA (most corporations):
- Fax: 1(859) 669-5760
- Address:Attn: EIN Operation, Cincinnati, OH 45999
If business has a principal office address outside the USA:
- Fax: 1(267) 941-1040
- Address: Attn: EIN Operation, Philadelphia, PA 19255-0525
Call to check the status at 1-800-829-4933.