Application for a Tax ID Number
The application process for a tax ID number is not difficult. Business owners who wish to obtain a tax ID number for an existing business can simply go to the Internal Revenue Service website, and fill out the required forms online including Form SS-4. These forms may be printed and mailed, faxed or the process may be done by telephone. There are certain pieces of information that must be provided during the application process including:
Name of the business - The business name will be required on the application process. The business is not required to be incorporated, however, the IRS may require a business certificate from the city or town where the business is registered;
Address of the business - There are 2 addresses that may be applied to the IRS form. The first is the physical address of the business while the other is the mailing address;
Responsible party -While some business entities may select a nominee to act on their behalf, the responsible party must be the principal officer of the company. The responsible party must disclose their name, address and social security number;
Type of business - The IRS will also require the business to disclose their activities on the application form and may require additional information.
The application for a tax ID number may be filled out online by going to the IRS website. The form is available only during specific times, Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 12:30 am, Saturday from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday from 7:00 pm to 12:00 am. All times are in Eastern Standard Time. Users may also call 215-516-6999 during business hours to apply.