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If you need or want an EIN, get one

An EIN is an Employer Identification Number that serves the purpose of identifying a company, similar to the way a social security number identifies an individual. EINs are issued by the IRS.

Some companies are required to have an EIN; for others it’s optional. To know which category you fall in, you will have had to determine which form of business entity you will start with -- sole proprietorship, LLC (Limited Liability Company), or corporation. If you talked with your tax professional, you probably know the answer.

Who needs an EIN

  • Business entities that are separate from you as an individual, such as corporations and LLCs
  • Any business that will have employees

Who’s not required to get an EIN, but might want one

  • A sole proprietor who wants to separate the business from his or her individual social security number.
  • A proprietor who wants to establish business credit that is separate from personal. A good idea, especially if your personal credit score is less than great and would hold back the business’ opportunity to make purchases and borrow to expand.

Now you can receive an EIN in seconds from IRS online
This page will give you more information about the EIN and point you to the application:

IRS.gov Employer ID Numbers (EINs)

Bonus EFTPS with your EIN
Now, when you apply for an EIN, you receive the preliminary setup for EFTPS, the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System. This means the groundwork is already laid for your being able to pay taxes as painlessly as it can get.

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