What these letters are about We are addressing, or need more information about, your business, estate, or trust entity. This is needed to verify information reported on your Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number (EIN). What you should know Failure to timely respond or update the entity information will delay processing of returns filed, issuance of refunds or applying overpayments to next year’s estimated tax, if applicable. Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), it is taking us longer than 180 days to process responses. For faster processing, fax your information to the fax number in the letter using either a fax machine or an online fax service. Protect yourself when sending digital data by understanding the fax service’s privacy and security policies. Do not mail us your response if you have faxed it. What you need to do if you received a Letter 5263C or Letter 6042C If you were or are affiliated with the entity: Answer all the questions in the letter and provide the information requested within 30 days from the date of the letter. If the letter is for an estate, send a copy of the deceased individual’s death certificate with your reply. If the letter is for a trust, send a copy of the Certificate of Trust document or the title and completed signature pages from the trust documents with your reply. If you’re not affiliated with the entity, or you’re not the responsible party: Select the correct statement on the letter indicating no affiliation and provide your name. Return the letter to us within 30 days from the date of the letter. If the responsible party we have on file for the entity has changed, submit Form 8822-B, Change of Address or Responsible Party-BusinessPDF. What you need to do if you received Letter 6217C If we confirmed we received your response to Letter 5263C or Letter 6042C, you do not need to take any action. We’ll contact you within 180 days if we have questions. If we requested more information about your business, estate, or trust, provide the information requested in the timeframe provided on the letter. If we notified you that the employer identification number (EIN) information on file is not correct, submit Form 8822-B, Change of Address or Responsible Party-Business. IRS regulations require EIN holders to update responsible party information within 60 days of any change by filing Form 8822-B, Change of Address or Responsible Party - BusinessPDF. It’s critical the IRS has accurate information in cases of identity theft or other fraud issues related to EINs or business accounts. Data around the "responsible parties" for business-type entities is often outdated or incorrect, meaning the IRS doesn’t have accurate records of who to contact. All EIN applications (mail, fax, electronic) must disclose the: Name and taxpayer identification number (Social Security number, individual taxpayer identification number or EIN) of the true principal officer, general partner, grantor, owner or trustor The IRS defines the responsible party as the individual or entity who "controls, manages, or directs the applicant entity and the disposition of its funds and assets." Unless the applicant is a government entity, the responsible party must be an individual, not an entity. If there is more than one responsible party, the entity may list whichever party the entity wants the IRS to recognize as the responsible party. Refer to IRS: Businesses, charities, others with Employer Identification Numbers must update responsible party information within 60 days of any change for additional information. Frequently asked questions What will happen after I provide my response? We’ll contact you within 180 days if we have questions. If not, no action is required. It will take about 9 weeks to make a determination and process any returns once we’ve reviewed your response. What should I do if there's been a change of address or responsible party for the business, trust or estate? Submit Form 8822-B, Change of Address or Responsible Party – BusinessPDF. What should I do if I think I could be a victim of identity theft? You can read Publication 5027, Identity Theft Information for TaxpayersPDF. What should I do to protect my business and prevent data loss? Review Identity Theft Information for Businesses. Reference Tools Publication 1, Your Rights as a Taxpayer Full list of tax forms and instructions Cần trợ giúp? Bạn có thể ủy quyền cho ai đó (tiếng Anh) thay mặt bạn liên lạc với IRS. Xem liệu bạn có đủ điều kiện để nhận được sự trợ giúp từ Trung tâm cho Người đóng thuế có thu nhập thấp (tiếng Anh). Nếu bạn không thể tìm thấy những gì bạn cần trực tuyến, hãy gọi cho IRS theo số ở đầu thông báo hoặc thư gửi cho bạn. Nếu bạn không nhận được thư hoặc thông báo, sử dụng hỗ trợ qua điện thoại Nếu bạn không thể giải quyết hình phạt bằng tự mình, liên hệ Dịch vụ Biện hộ Người đóng thuế, một tổ chức độc lập trong IRS.