The Employer Identification Number (EIN) is a unique nine digit number that all business entities must have in order to operate. The EIN is given by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the reason that this number is given is for the purpose of identification and also for the purpose of filing taxes.
Employer Identification Number: What You Need to Know
Application for EIN can be at times confusing given the number steps, however here are the things which you need to know which can make the process much easier.
The companies or businesses which can apply for the EIN number are only the ones which are located in the United States or the territories which are owned by the United States.
The individual who is applying for the EIN number must have a valid Taxpayer Identification Number which includes the Social Security Number for the purpose of tax remission.
2] Uses for EIN
The next thing which you need to know is you have to state the reason as to why you are requesting it. When you are requesting for your EIN online then you will be prompted to state the reason which will include: Banking Purposes, Started New Business, Purchased Active Business or Hired employee.
If you do not have a specific reason at hand, the best thing to do is to choose the option of start a new business. An important point to note with online application is that you have to do the process in one sitting as you cannot save and return later to complete.
3] State the legal and tax structure
When applying for the EIN number it’s very important that you state the legal and the tax structure of the business.
The reason as to why you need to do this is because different businesses have different tax structure which calls for different reporting requirement.
In the filling process you need to select the right business set up either a corporation of a limited liability company.
4] Member Information
In the previous step where you chose the kind of business entity you have when you select a limited liability company then you has to provide information about the members.
This is details about the members and also the specific location of the business. It’s important to not that different states will have different names for the member information filling box.
5] Designated Contact Person
In filling the EIN number one of the requirement is to have a designated person or party. This is the individual who has the mandate or the control of all the funds or the asset by the company.
The IRS must recognize a contact person who will be responsible for controlling the entity funds and asset and these are the individual responsible for the taxation matters.
The reason as to why the contact person is important is because this is the individual who will be in contact with the IRS in case they need to send a letter or they need something from the entity.