Hi, I’m Patti and I work for the IRS.
If you’re starting a business, you need an EIN.
That’s an Employer Identification Number.
Your EIN is used to identify your business for tax purposes.
You can now apply for an Employer Identification Number online through a simple, question-driven process.
It’s free, and you receive your EIN immediately after completing the online questionnaire.
Even if you already have an EIN, remember, if the ownership or structure of your business has changed, you will probably need a new number.
Fortunately, you can find out all you need to know about Employer Identification Numbers, such as how to cancel yours or what to do if you misplace it at www.IRS.gov, Keyword: “EIN.”