Are you a foreigner without a Social Security Number (SSN)?
Do you need an Employer Identification Number (EIN)?
If you are looking to get an EIN as a foreign individual or company and you do not have an SSN, you are on the right page...
Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as Tax ID or Taxpayer Identification Number, is a number for your business assigned by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
EIN is used for a number of business needs including: starting a business, opening up a U.S. bank account, complying with the IRS, applying for permits, and filing taxes.
If you have a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN), getting an Employer Identification Number is easy by applying online (see below).
However, if you are a foreign individual and you do not have an SSN, the process is complicated and tedious and you must take some specific steps discussed below to get your EIN →
How to Get EIN if you have a Social Security Number
If you have a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), you may apply for your EIN using IRS’s website here.
However, if you are a foreign and do not have an SSN, continue reading below...
How to Get EIN Number Without SSN
If you do not have a Social Security Number (SSN), the following process should be followed:
- Contact me, a business lawyer at email@example.com to act as a Third-Party Designee for you
- I will prepare your Application for Employer Identification Number on your behalf
- I will process your application with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and receive your EIN on your behalf within 10 business days
To guarantee completion of the EIN application process, it is highly recommended to have a business lawyer act as your Third-Party Designee to apply for your EIN on your behalf.
► If you do not have an SSN and you need an Employer Identification Number (EIN) (Tax ID), contact me Sam Mollaei Esq., Business Lawyer for Non-U.S. Citizens, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 818-925-0002
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What is an EIN?
An Employer Identification Number, or EIN, is an identification number issued to organizations to identify who must file a business tax return.
To get an EIN, you usually need a SSN or an ITIN. Which leaves foreign individuals who can’t obtain either wondering how to get an EIN without an SSN.
Contact me at email@example.com to apply for your EIN without SSN.
What is an SSN?
A Social Security Number, or SSN, is a nine-digit number issued by the government for tax identification.
Social security numbers are issued to people in the United States. You must be a permanent resident citizen or a temporary alien resident working in the country.
If you weren’t born in the United States, you have to fill out a form to ask to be issued a social security number.
This form is Form SS-5 and the United States of Citizenship and Immigration Services office reviews your application.
What is an ITIN?
An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, or ITIN, is an identification number issued to people who are not eligible for a social security number.
An ITIN allows you to file a tax return and is issued by the IRS after you fill out Form W-7.
An individual taxpayer identification number is a nine-digit number used for tax purposes only.
If you need help applying for your ITIN, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org today.
EIN Number Cost
The cost to get an EIN depends on your situation, but if you have a social security number, you can apply online for free.
If you don’t have a SSN or an ITIN, you should get a business lawyer to file your application and receive your EIN on your behalf.
Who Needs an EIN?
You may need an EIN if you have your own business. The EIN is used to identify you as a business.
The IRS has a simple quick check you can do to determine if you need an EIN or not.
If you answer yes to any of these questions, you need an EIN:
- Do you have employees?
- Do you operate a corporation or partnership?
- Do you file employment, excise, alcohol, or tobacco and firearms on your tax returns?
- Do you withhold taxes on income that’s not wages for a non-resident alien?
- Do you have Keogh plan?
- Are you involved with a trust, IRA, exempt organization business income tax return, estate, real estate mortgage investment conduits, non-profit organization, farmers’ cooperative, or a plan administrator?
If you’re unsure whether or not you need an EIN, contact me at email@example.com and I can help you determine the answer.
Who Doesn’t Need an EIN?
You don’t need an EIN if you don’t have a business or only have a sole proprietorship with no employees.
Since an EIN is used to separate business finances from personal finances, you don’t need an EIN as a sole proprietorship because you are your business.
Remember that an EIN is needed to differentiate your personal finances and those of a business.
While you aren’t required to obtain an EIN as a sole proprietor in most cases, you may want to do so.
What Types of Business Entities Need an EIN?
The types of business entities that need an EIN are C Corporations, S Corporations, Multiple-Member LLCs, and Single-Member LLCs with employees.
As a C or S Corporation, you are required to have an EIN.
If you don’t have a social security number or an ITIN, you do have options still. Hire a business lawyer to help obtain an EIN for you so you can start your corporation as soon as possible.
If you’re forming a general partnership or a limited partnership, you also need an EIN.
There’s no way to work around it, so scratch this major item off of your list so you can move forward in your business.
If you’re forming an LLC, you may not have to have an EIN. It all depends on whether you’re forming a multiple member LLC or if you’re going to hire employees.
If your LLC will have more than one member, you need an EIN even if you aren’t going to hire employees.
If your LLC is a single member LLC, you may not have to have an EIN.
As long as you aren’t going to hire employees, you don’t have a Keogh plan, nor do you have a company that owes federal excise taxes – you don’t have to use an EIN.
As a sole proprietorship, your need for an EIN is the same requirements that a single member LLC follows, mentioned above.
The easiest thing to do in order to find out what you need as a new business is to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll make sure your compliant.
What Purpose Does an EIN Serve?
An EIN is an identification number that allows individuals to take care of financial and tax matters that apply to the business.
You need an EIN to open a business bank account, file taxes as a business, apply for a business credit card, obtain business permits, or to hire independent contractors or employees.
Advantages of Having an EIN
The advantages of having an EIN are being able to separate the business from yourself and take care of important tax and financial matters related to the business.
You can’t obtain much of anything with your business name unless you have an EIN.
Keep in mind that an EIN is also helpful in reducing theft and increasing your own personal privacy as well.
As a sole proprietorship or single-member LLC, you’ll be able to use your EIN when you work as an independent contractor instead of your social security number.
How to Apply for EIN if You Have a SSN or ITIN
If you have an SSN or an ITIN, you can apply for an EIN using the IRS’s website.
The online application is quick and easy. Your information is validated and you will receive an EIN instantly.
You can use the online application for an EIN if you have legal residence or a business in the United States.
► Unfortunately, if you don’t have an SSN or ITIN, obtaining an EIN isn’t that immediate, but it isn’t too hard with the help of a business lawyer.
How to Apply for EIN Without SSN or ITIN
If you don’t have an SSN or ITIN, you can hire a business lawyer to help you prepare your EIN application and obtain an EIN.
Here’s what happens:
- Hire a business lawyer to act as your Third-Party Designee. Interested in working with me? Just click here to send me an email.
- I will prepare an Application for Employer Identification Number on your behalf.
- I will process your EIN application with the IRS and receive your EIN on your behalf.
That’s all there is to it!
The EIN application process can be tricky and it is highly recommended that you hire a business lawyer to be your Third-Party Designee.
I have helped countless individuals obtain an EIN and I can help you too.
► Email me at email@example.com to get started today.
Ways to Apply for an EIN
There are several ways to apply for an EIN, including online, through fax, by mail, or by telephone.
Keep mind that if you don’t have an SSN or ITIN, you should use a business lawyer to handle the application process for you.
If you need help applying for an EIN, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
How Long Does It Take to Receive an EIN?
It usually takes around 10 to 12 business days to receive your EIN if you don’t have an SNN or ITIN.
If you have an SSN or ITIN and apply online, you receive your EIN instantly.
If you apply for your EIN by fax using Form SS-4, you can expect to receive your EIN within 4 business days.
If you apply for your EIN using Form SS-4 and mail it in, the response time will vary based on how many applications are sent in.
EIN Number Lookup
If you believe you have an EIN for your business, but you’re unsure what it is, you can call the IRS Business & Specialty Tax Line at (800) 829-4933 to retrieve it.
There are some situations in which you may want to look up an EIN for another company. If it’s a company you work for, you should start with your W2.
You can find the EIN for a public company on their Investor Relations website or their SEC Filings page.
If the company doesn’t post it’s SEC filings online, you can use the SEC EDGAR online Forms and Filings database to find an EIN.
EIN Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What can I use my EIN for?
You can use your EIN to start and conduct business in United States, open up a U.S. bank account, hire employees, comply with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), apply for permits or licenses, and file taxes.
Is Tax ID (Taxpayer Identification Number) the same as an Employer Identification Number (EIN)?
An EIN is a form of a Tax ID. Tax ID and EIN are sometimes used interchangeably to mean the same thing.
Can I get an EIN even if I don't have a Social Security Number (SSN)?
Yes, you can get an EIN even if you do not have a Social Security Number. A business lawyer can act as your Third-Party Designee for you and apply for your EIN on your behalf.
Can I get an EIN even if I don't have an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN)?
Yes, you can get an EIN even if you do not have an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN).
Do I need a U.S. mailing address to apply for an EIN?
No, you do not need a U.S. mailing address to apply for an EIN. You can use a non-U.S. address to apply for an EIN.
What are the other names for an EIN?
Tax ID, Employer Identification Number, Tax ID Number, Tax Identification Number, Federal Employer Identification Number, FEIN, Employer ID Number, Business TIN, Business Tax ID Number, Federal Tax ID Number, among other names.
What is the EIN process like?
The EIN process is a 3-step process: first, you need to answer some application questions. Second, once you answer your questions, your Third-Party Designee will complete your EIN application and send it to you for your review and signature. Third, the third-party designee will process your application and you will receive your EIN from the IRS in 5 to 7 business days. You do not have to deal with the IRS yourself throughout this entire process -- the Third-Party Designee will take care of everything for you.
How long will it take to receive my EIN?
It typically takes 5 to 7 business days to receive your EIN. This is the shortest amount of time the IRS takes to process your EIN application if you do not have a Social Security Number (SSN).
How will I receive my EIN?
You will receive your EIN via email.
Can I use my EIN for Amazon, Kickstarter, Google Adsense, or Stripe account?
Yes, you can use your EIN to open up an account with any of the online services above.
Have any other question about an EIN that wasn’t covered here?
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