Are any entities barred from applying for an EIN online?

An employer identification number, sometimes referred to as a tax ID number or taxpayer ID, is a nine-digit number used to identify businesses much like a social security number identifies an individual. This special ID is needed for any businesses that have employees and a few other companies too. Many entities can fill out an EIN form online to request this number when needed. However, there are a few EIN exceptions that could stop you from being able to obtain this number over the internet.

  • Foreign Incorporation: If your business was incorporated outside of the United States or one of the U.S. territories, you may not be able to get an EIN over the internet. Instead, you have to apply over the phone or through the mail.
  • No Taxpayer Identification Number: The general partner, owner, trustor, principal officer, or grantor of the business must have his or her own taxpayer ID number. This can include a social security number, individual taxpayer identification number, or employer identification number. Without this ID, you may not be able to use the online application without getting an EIN denied notification.
  • International Location: One of the final online EIN requirements is that the principal office, agency, business, or legal residence of the company or individual has to be located within the U.S. or one of its territories. Without this national address, you may have to apply for your EIN through other means.

Any entities that are located in the U.S., incorporated in the U.S., and have a valid taxpayer identification number can request a new EIN through the online forms. It does not matter if your business is a sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation.

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