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Question: I recently formed a limited liability company (LLC). The LLC has no employees, is not subject to relevant excise taxes and has not elected to be taxed as a corporation. Do I need a separate federal tax ID number for the LLC?
- If you are the sole owner of the LLC and the LLC has no employees, you will not need a separate federal tax ID (EIN) number.
- If you are not the sole owner of the LLC, you will need a separate federal tax ID number for the LLC.
- A new LLC with one owner (Single Member LLC) that chooses to be taxed as a corporation or an S corporation will need a new federal tax ID number.
- Form 8832 (.pdf), Entity Classification Election
- Tax Topic 755, Employer Identification Number (EIN) - How to Apply
- Form SS-4 (.pdf), Application for Employer Identification Number
- Publication 1635 (.pdf), Employer Identification Number - Understanding Your EIN
Category: Small Business, Self-Employed, Other Business
Subcategory: Entities: Sole Proprietor, Partnership, Limited Liability Company/Partnership (LLC/LLP), Corporation, Subchapter S Corporation