- Starting a Business
- Inventing a Product
- Buying a Franchise
- Home Business
Apply For An EIN
Applying for an Employer Identification Number (EIN)
Once you decide how to legally structure your business, you will need to apply for an EIN. An EIN is basically your company’s social security number. It’s the number your business will use to report earnings and losses to the IRS. If you are a sole proprietor, you would typically operate under your social security number, but it’s a good idea to get an EIN for privacy and identity theft reasons.
Your EIN is your permanent number and can be used immediately for most of your business needs, including opening a bank account, applying for business licenses and filing a tax return by mail. However it typically takes up to two weeks before your EIN becomes part of the IRS' permanent records.
Apply for your EIN on the IRS website here.
If you are from New York, South Carolina, or Massachusetts, you may also need to register at the state level. After you receive your EIN, follow this link and register with the state by using your new EIN.
Register your business
Depending on where you will run your business, you need to log on to your state’s Secretary of State (SOS) website to identify which documents you need to submit depending on what legal structure you have decided for your business. It could be Articles of Organization to Fictitious Business Names, but you should be able to find what you need there.