AN EIN is 100% FREE! DO NOT GET TRICKED INTO PAYING FOR ONE!! First, you can get an EIN on the IRS.gov website - YOU DO NOT NEED TO HIRE A LAWYER OR A COMPANY TO GET AN EIN FOR YOU! You can easily do it on your own! ONLY obtain your EIN through IRS.gov! If you see articles out there telling you anything other than the link to IRS.Gov, they are trying to sell you crap that you DO NOT NEED. I have provided the direct link to the IRS.gov EIN signup page above. The United States government is HAPPY to give you a FREE EIN because it means you'll pay them even more taxes! Here is how it works:
You fill out forms on IRS.gov. ***You MUST know your Social Security Number to apply for an EIN.***
After all validations are done you will get your EIN immediately upon completion. You can then download, save, and print your EIN confirmation notice.
WHAT EXACTLY IS AN EIN? Think of an EIN like a social security number for your business; people get social security numbers whereas businesses get EINs. An EIN is an "Employer Identification Numbers". They are only issued by the IRS (Internal Revenue Service of the United States of America) and are issued for the purpose of tax administration ONLY.
WHAT EXACTLY DO I DO WITH MY EIN? After getting your EIN you will use it to open your business bank account, apply for permits, file your business tax returns and more.
AMAZON UNGATING: If you are applying for your EIN so you can try to get ungated on Amazon, make sure you check out our blog Guide on Amazon Ungating Step-By-Step so you can be sure you are now missing any other steps. And if you're having problems getting ungated, we also have a piece of content you may like: The Top 5 Reasons Why You Aren't Getting Ungated on Amazon
IRS.gov also provides some information about starting a business in general. One super important thing you should review BEFORE you get an EIN is your states information on doing business in the state, taxation, links for employers, and more:
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
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