How to Check Your Business Tax ID Number
If you do not know your business tax ID number or EIN (Employer Identification Number), you might get stuck midway through your loan application or bank application. If you want to avoid this, you should learn how to locate your EIN. The good news is that locating EIN is easy.
To help you get started, here are the best ways to check federal ein:
Option 1: Review your EIN confirmation letter
The first thing that you should do is to review your EIN confirmation letter. This will mean digging up your files. If you applied online, it is standard that the IRS issues confirmation letter immediately and it can be accessed online. Aside from that, you have the chance to choose receipt by postal mail.
If you applied through fax, you would have received the letter by return fax. If by mail, you would have received it by return mail. If you see the confirmation letter, it will show information like your ID number as well as other identifying information.
Option 2: Check other places where your EIN could be recorded
If there is no hope of finding your confirmation letter, you should check other places. There may be places where you recorded the EIN. For instance, if you have old federal tax returns, EIN is usually at the top of the first page. Try to find tax notices, business licenses, business bank accounts, old business loans, and payroll paperwork.
Option 3: Call IRS (Internal Revenue Service)
If you are still out of luck, you can call the IRS. The IRS can help you find your EIN. If you should call, consider the Business and Specialty Tax Line of the IRS. You should expect a representative who will provide you with EIN over the phone.
What if you have to find the EIN of another company?
If you need to look for the EIN of another company, there are ways to do it. Here are some ways:
Option 1: Ask the company directly
You can ask the company directly. Usually, someone in the accounting or payroll department should know the company’s EIN.
Option 2: Search the SEC (Security and Exchange Commission) filings
If you know that the company is publicly traded, you simply look at the SEC website and enter the name of the company. SEC has filing that contains EIN.
Option 3: Try to get the company’s credit report
You can also try to get the company’s credit report. In this option, you can get the help of credit bureaus. The credit report usually contains EIN.
Option 4: Utilize a paid database
Finally, you can utilize a paid database. Commercial EIN databases usually charge a fee for accessing other companies ‘ EINs. The good news is that some databases include other information like industry and size.
Whether it is your own EIN or another company’s, there are many ways to look for it. Just be sure that you keep your own secure by sharing it with only a limited number of people or organizations. You have to guard your EIN as you would guard your Social Security Number.