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Obtaining an Employer Identification Number for an Exempt Organization

How do I get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) for my organization?

You can apply for an EIN on-line, over the telephone, via fax or through the mail. See the instructions for Form SS-4 , Application for Employer I.D. Number, for further details.

  • To apply on-line, use the on-line EIN application available on this website.
  • To get an EIN over the IRS's toll-free telephone number, call (800) 829-4933.   See EIN Toll-Free Telephone Service for more information.
  • To request an EIN via fax, 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, dial the fax number at the location accepting applications from your state. The instructions on the Form SS-4 indicate which location will accept your faxed request.
  • To receive an EIN through the mail, complete Form SS-4 . The instructions for the form provide the correct address.

Third parties can receive an EIN on a client's behalf by completing the new "Third Party Designee" section and obtaining the client's signature on Form SS-4. This avoids having to file a Form 2848 (Power of Attorney) or Form 8821 (Tax Information Authorization) to get an EIN for their client.

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.

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 08-Jul-2014