The SS4 is the IRS form required to obtain an EIN (Employer Identification Number, frequently called a Tax ID number). The EIN/Tax ID number can be thought of as a Social Security Number for your business. It is usually required to open a bank account in the name of the business and to properly pay and account for any wage/payroll employees of your company. Incfile will obtain your federal EIN electronically and have it back to you via email within one business day.
Do You Need a Federal EIN for Your Business Entity?
In general, unless your business is a sole proprietorship with no employees and no separate legal entity for your business, you need to get an EIN. Sometimes if you own an LLC and it is a single-member LLC with simple accounting, you can get by just using your personal Social Security Number for tax purposes and for receiving payments from clients. But even the simplest businesses can generally benefit from using an EIN – the EIN serves as a tax ID for your LLC or other corporate entity.
Where & When You'll Use an EIN
Your EIN is necessary for several situations in running your business. You will need to use your EIN for certain tax forms, such as filing your tax returns for your business, and filling out W9 forms for clients (if you run a service business), and other forms related to managing payroll for your employees. Your EIN is also necessary to set up a business bank account and apply for business loans. The same types of reasons for needing a Social Security Number in your personal life are also the reasons to use an EIN in managing your business.
How Do You Get an EIN? Apply for an EIN Online
Business owners can get an EIN by filing IRS Form SS-4. Incfile offers a convenient service to help you apply for an EIN online to obtain your EIN number quickly and efficiently. If you're looking for a way to get an EIN, whether in Texas, Florida, Michigan or anywhere in the United States, Incfile can provide one for you in one day. Apply for an EIN online with Incfile, and we'll obtain your federal tax ID electronically and have your new EIN back to you via email within one business day.