If you have recently changed the name of your LLC or corporation, you’ll need to know how to execute an IRS business name change, as well as an EIN name change. It’s your responsibility to make sure that everyone knows your company’s new name, including the IRS.
Under most circumstances, changing your business name with the IRS will not require a new EIN—though it will require an EIN name change. To make this determination, see IRS Publication 1635.
Although it’s rare, sometimes changes to business names are made right after EINs are issued. If you recently received your EIN and have not made any tax filings with the IRS, then send your business name change request to: IRS, Stop 6055, Kansas City, MO 64999
If you've already filed a tax return for the entity, there are two ways to notify the IRS of your LLC’s business name change
When you’ve informed the IRS, business name changes need to be announced to other companies you do business with, too.
It’s a good idea to make a list of all the other agencies and companies that you do business with on a regular basis; be sure to include all state and local tax authorities, vendors, suppliers, service companies and banks.
This will help keep you organized during the transition and make sure your mail service is not interrupted. Remember, It’s your responsibility to make sure everyone is on the same page in this new chapter of your company, including the IRS.
We can help you file a Certificate of Amendment if you would like to change the name of your LLC or corporation. Call us at 1-800-345-CORP if you are thinking about changing your LLC or corporation name.
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There are 15 comments left for Change Your Business Name with the IRSRichard Jackson said: Wednesday, September 9, 2020
I have a LLC, and PLLC. I want to have the PLLC use the EIN that is for the LLC. How can I do this?HBS Staff replied: Thursday, September 10, 2020
Unfortunately, we do not work with PLLCs and can't advise on them. We recommend contacting a tax professional to assist with this.Zaha said: Wednesday, August 19, 2020
How can I fix my LLC name in IRS. First time I was applying EIN I made spelling mistake. How can I make right?HBS Staff replied: Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Please contact our Filings team at firstname.lastname@example.org and they can discuss the process of making this correction.Tynesha Matthews said: Monday, November 11, 2019
I need the address and fax number for the entity department for Virginia. I am trying to notify the IRS about a recent LLC name change. Thank youHBS Staff replied: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Here is the page for the Virginia State Corporate Commission: https://www.scc.virginia.gov/clk/index.aspx. However, please refer to the article above as far as notifying the IRS.
Suzanne B Pasley said: Tuesday, July 30, 2019
I am the treasurer for a County Joint  Candidates Committee for a county seat in the general Election in November We have an EIN. If the name of the Joint Candidates Committee changes [cause one member vacates and another takes his place] does the name change of the Joint Candidates Committee necessitate getting a new EIN number. If not, what is mechanism for reporting the name change. Note this is political organization non-profit.. And typically no federal returns are required. Our bank says if no EIN number is necessary, they need some confirmation of IRS notification or amendment to the EIN information Thank you,.HBS Staff replied: Tuesday, August 6, 2019
An exempt organization that has changed its name must report the change on its next annual return (such as Form 990 or 990-EZ). An organization that does not file an annual return (for example, an organization that instead files Form 990-N, the e-Postcard), or an organization that is required to e-File its return, may report the change of name by letter or fax (not by phone) to:
Certified Mail: Internal Revenue Service
91973 North Rulon White Blvd.
Attn: EO Entity
Postal Mail Stop: 6273
Ogden, Utah, 84404
The letter or fax reporting the change of name must include your organization’s
The individual signing the letter must state the capacity in which he or she is signing (for example, “John Smith, President”).Cheng Han Tan said: Wednesday, July 24, 2019
We are UK Company and have registered as [removed] with IRS. Our Company Name has changed to [removed]. I was wondering how do I change our company name in IRS System?HBS Staff replied: Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Cheng, here are the details from the article above on your oprtions for changing your business name with the IRS. Please contact us by phone, email or live chat if you have additional questions.
1. When filing a current year tax return, you can change your business name with the IRS by checking the name change box on the entity’s respective form:
2. If you have already filed the return for the current year, you do not have to wait until next year to change your LLC or corporation name with the IRS. Changing the name of an LLC or corporation typically requires a Certificate of Amendment to be filed with the state or country where the business entity was originally formed.
Deliver a filed copy of this Certificate of Amendment, along with a letter informing the IRS of the company name change, to the address where you filed your return. Corporations must have the letter signed by a corporate officer while LLCs must have the letter signed by a member.