Filling out Form SS-4 for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) is a necessary step for any business wishing to receive the various advantages associated with having an EIN. This nine-digit number is assigned by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and acts as a unique identifier for businesses when filing taxes, opening credit lines, and more.
This form is used by employers, corporations, partnerships, trusts, estates, churches, government agencies, Indian tribal entities, certain individuals, and others in order to apply for an EIN.
Exclusively used for tax purposes, this form allows your business to:
Form SS-4 must be filled out accurately. Mistakes can lead to delays in your application, so it’s important that you understand the information required on each line of the form. Completing the form is a straightforward process. Here are the steps you’ll need to take.
First, you must gather the necessary information, such as the entity name, address, and responsible party information. You must also indicate the type of entity you own (i.e., sole proprietor, partnership, corporation, personal service corporation, church, etc) and tick the correct box that corresponds to it. Next, you must complete the application and submit it to the IRS. After you have submitted the form, the IRS will issue an EIN.
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