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File Overview INFORMATION FOR… Individuals Business & Self Employed Charities and Nonprofits International Taxpayers Federal State and Local Governments Indian Tribal Governments Tax Exempt Bonds FILING FOR INDIVIDUALS Who Should File How to File When to File Where to File Update My Information POPULAR Get Your Tax Record File Your Taxes for Free Apply for an Employer ID Number (EIN) Check Your Amended Return Status Get an Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) Pay Overview PAY BY Bank Account (Direct Pay) Debit or Credit Card Payment Plan (Installment Agreement) Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) POPULAR Your Online Account Tax Withholding Estimator Estimated Taxes Penalties Refunds Overview Where's My Refund What to Expect Direct Deposit Reduced Refunds Fix/Correct a Return Credits & Deductions Overview INFORMATION FOR Individuals For you and your family Businesses & Self-Employed Standard mileage and other information POPULAR Earned Income Credit (EITC) Advance Child Tax Credit Standard Deduction Health Coverage Retirement Plans Forms & Instructions Overview POPULAR FORMS & INSTRUCTIONS Form 1040 Individual Tax Return Form 1040 Instructions Instructions for Form 1040 Form W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) and Certification Form 4506-T Request for Transcript of Tax Return Form W-4 Employee s Withholding Certificate Form 941 Employer s Quarterly Federal Tax Return Form W-2 Employers engaged in a trade or business who pay compensation Form 9465 Installment Agreement Request POPULAR FOR TAX PROS Form 1040-X Amend/Fix Return Form 2848 Apply for Power of Attorney Form W-7 Apply for an ITIN Circular 230 Rules Governing Practice before IRS

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Every organization must have an employer identification number (EIN), even if it will not have employees. The EIN is a unique number that identifies the organization to the Internal Revenue Service.

To apply for an employer identification number, you should obtain Form SS-4 PDF and its Instructions PDF .

You can apply for an EIN on-line , by mail, or by fax. You may also apply by telephone if your organization was formed outside the U.S. or U.S. territories. Make sure that you select  church or church-controlled organization or other nonprofit organization as the type of entity . For more information about EIN application procedures, see Question 4 of FAQs regarding Applying for Tax Exemption .

The EIN is not your tax-exempt number . That term generally refers to a number assigned by a state agency that identifies organizations as exempt from state sales and use taxes. You should contact your state revenue department for additional information about tax-exempt numbers .

Note: Don’t apply for an EIN until your organization is legally formed. Nearly all organizations are subject to automatic revocation of their tax-exempt status if they fail to file a required return or notice for three consecutive years. When you apply for an EIN, we presume you’re legally formed and the clock starts running on this three-year period.

 

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