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SS-4 Instructions
Application for Employer Identification Number

Download and Print the Form SS-4 Instructions

Attention Limit of one (1) Employer Identification Number (EIN) Issuance per Business Day

Effective May 21, 2012, to ensure fair and equitable treatment for all taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will limit Employer Identification Number (EIN) issuance to one per responsible party per day. This limitation is applicable to all requests for EINs whether online or by phone, fax or mail. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Use these instructions to complete Form SS-4, Application for
Employer Identification Number (EIN). Also see Do I Need an EIN? on page 2 of Form SS-4.

Purpose of Form

Use Form SS-4 to apply for an EIN. An EIN is a nine-digit number (for example, 12-3456789) assigned to sole proprietors, corporations, partnerships, estates, trusts, and other entities for tax filing and reporting purposes.

The information you provide on this form will establish your business tax account.

An EIN is for use in connection with your business activities only. Do not use your EIN in place of your social security number (SSN).

And much more...

(For use by employers, corporations, partnerships, trusts, estates, churches,
government agencies, Indian tribal entities, certain individuals, and others.)

See separate instructions for each line. - Keep a copy for your records.

1 Legal name of entity (or individual) for whom the EIN is being requested

2 Trade name of business (if different from name on line 1)

3 Executor, administrator, trustee, “care of” name

4a Mailing address (room, apt., suite no. and street, or P.O. box)

4b City, state, and ZIP code (if foreign, see instructions)

5a Street address (if different) (Do not enter a P.O. box.)

5b City, state, and ZIP code (if foreign, see instructions)

6 County and state where principal business is located

7a Name of responsible party

7b SSN, ITIN, or EIN

8a Is this application for a limited liability company (LLC) (or a foreign equivalent)? Yes - No

8b If 8a is “Yes,” enter the number of LLC members >