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Employer Identification Number

Every organization must have an employer identification number, even if it will not have employees.  The employer identification number 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 and its Instructions. You may also apply for an employer identification number on-line, by telephone, or by fax.  Make sure that you select church or church-controlled organization or other nonprofit organization as the type of entity.  For more information about employer identification number application procedures, see Question 4 of FAQs regarding Applying for Tax Exemption.

Please note that the employer identification number 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.

 


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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 04-Feb-2014