Applying for an IRS EIN is one of the easiest things you can do when starting a business. You can apply online at the IRS website- it’s free and you get your EIN instantly. Why pay someone else to do this for you? If you are ready to own and operate a business, then you can absolutely positively handle applying for an IRS EIN. Let’s see how easy it really is…
Applying Online for an IRS EIN
First you must know that although the IRS has an online application form for obtaining an EIN (Employer Identification Number), it’s not available 24/7. You can apply directly with the IRS Monday through Friday 7am to 10pm. This is the only advantage that commercial companies who charge to get an EIN have…you can use their online application form any time, day or night, every day of the week. But come on is that really a reason to pay?
Second, you must know that you can only apply for one IRS EIN per day. Again, that shouldn’t be a problem for most people starting a business.
Third, if you’re an internet-savvy entrepreneur and you’ve looked this stuff up online, you might have noticed something called an SS-4 being discussed. That’s the old paper version of the IRS EIN application. Used to be, not so long ago, you had to fill out a paper form and mail it to the IRS…imagine! You can still use the SS-4 if you want but why would you, when the online EIN application is free and you get your number immediately?
To apply now for free from the IRS website, click this link and get started. When you get to the IRS website, scroll to the bottom of the page and click APPLY ONLINE NOW. If you are trying to do this outside of their posted hours, you’ll just get a page that says they’re not “open” right now.
Good luck with your new business, and please don’t start off wrong by paying someone to do the simple task of applying for an IRS EIN for you. It’s so easy!