In this article, we’re going to answer “how long does it take to get an EIN?”
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- How Long Does It Take To Get an EIN?
- How Do I Get an Employer Identification Number?
- Frequently Asked Questions
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How Long Does It Take To Get an EIN?
It can take up to four weeks to get an EIN if you choose to apply by mail. However, US persons can get an EIN immediately if they apply online. Alternatively, US persons can also apply by fax, which can take four days to process. That said, foreign applicants must apply over the phone by contacting the IRS and speaking with an agent, which also results in the EIN being issued immediately.
How Do I Get an Employer Identification Number?
The process to get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) is 100% free and provided by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). However, the exact process you will use to get an EIN depends on whether you are a US person or a non-US person. We’ll explore both paths below.
Get an Employer Identification Number as a US Person
If you are a US person you have the option to apply for an EIN online through the IRS website, by faxing the IRS directly, or by mailing the IRS your completed documents. The online application process results in an immediate EIN being issued. If you apply by fax it can take four days to receive confirmation while applications via mail receive a response after a four-week processing period.
Get an Employer Identification Number as a Foreigner
If you are a non-US person, you only have one option to receive an EIN, which is to call the IRS directly and complete the process with an agent. For what it’s worth, this sounds much more intimidating than it is. IRS agents that handle the processing of EINs for foreigners are professional and follow a very specific process. So, if this is the only option available to you, you will be in good hands.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Below are three of the most common questions that we receive from people looking into how long it takes to get an EIN. If you have further questions you would like answered, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly.
Can You Get an EIN Instantly?
You can get an EIN instantly if you are a US person and apply for the EIN online. However, international persons must apply for an EIN over the phone by contacting the IRS directly.
Is Getting an EIN Number Difficult?
No, getting an EIN number is not difficult. Instead, it is a straightforward process that requires providing the necessary information about the company and the beneficial owner (or member). For US persons, the process is even easier because it can be completed online.
How Long Does It Take To Get an EIN Verification Letter?
You can receive an EIN verification letter immediately by selecting fax as the preferred delivery method. The fax is then immediately sent to you so it does not take you any time at all to receive the letter.
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