Each founder aspires to create the next great Delaware company, such as Facebook, Google, Uber or Twitter.
At Harvard Business Services, Inc., we love being a part of the entrepreneurial process—helping people form their companies, obtaining their Federal Tax ID Numbers for them and cheering them on as they start to achieve their goals.
People from all over the world inquire about obtaining a Federal Tax ID Number or EIN (Employer Identification Number) for their new businesses.
Some people think that because they do not have a Social Security Number (SSN), a U.S. address or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) that they cannot obtain an EIN and therefore cannot form an LLC in Delaware.
This is not true. If you do not have a Social Security number, you are not disqualified from obtaining a Federal Tax ID Number. Let's find out how a non-U.S. citizen can get an EIN Number and form a Delaware company.
First, you will be required to fill out and submit an SS4 Form, just as any U.S. resident would. The address listed on the SS4 Form can be anywhere in the world. The IRS is only interested in knowing where the business is operating.
In order to obtain an EIN online, you will need a Social Security Number or U.S. address. However, an EIN for non-U.S. citizens can still be acquired by mailing or faxing the application to the IRS. In this case, you will be required to provide a copy of the passport for the person listed as the responsible party.
Be very careful when applying for your EIN as a foreigner, as there are potential drawbacks to dealing with the IRS on your own.
If the EIN application is not prepared correctly or is transmitted illegibly, the IRS may fax you a letter of rejection. This letter of rejection can sometimes take weeks to receive; once it is received, you are welcome to re-apply for the EIN, but you will have to start the process from the beginning.
Our dedicated team in the Filings Department will be responsible for making sure your SS4 application is prepared and filed correctly in order to ensure the timely approval of your Federal Tax ID Number.
If there are any problems, we will call the IRS to resolve the issue, thus saving you time and energy so you can concentrate on your new company.
We can typically obtain an EIN for any international client in seven to twenty business days once we receive a signed SS4 form.
The responsible party controls, manages or directs the applicant’s entity and the distribution of its funds and assets. The responsible party for a corporation must be an actual person, but this person can be an officer of the corporation and he/she can live anywhere in the world.
The responsible party of an LLC can be a member or managing member from anywhere in the world. The responsible party simply signs the document and emails or faxes it back to us. We will follow up with the IRS on your behalf if the EIN is not received in a timely fashion. This can save you hours of frustration, since contacting the IRS can be a lesson in futility at times.
If you would like to apply for a Federal Tax ID Number for a new or existing company, please call us, regardless of whether or not you have a U.S. Social Security number, ITIN or U.S. address. We can help alleviate the hassle of dealing with an often uncooperative and unfriendly IRS. Please call 1-800-345-2677, Ext. 6910.
You can also learn more about how to obtain an EIN without a SSN or an ITIN in this blog post.
*Disclaimer*: Harvard Business Services, Inc. is neither a law firm nor an accounting firm and, even in cases where the author is an attorney, or a tax professional, nothing in this article constitutes legal or tax advice. This article provides general commentary on, and analysis of, the subject addressed. We strongly advise that you consult an attorney or tax professional to receive legal or tax guidance tailored to your specific circumstances. Any action taken or not taken based on this article is at your own risk. If an article cites or provides a link to third-party sources or websites, Harvard Business Services, Inc. is not responsible for and makes no representations regarding such source’s content or accuracy. Opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of Harvard Business Services, Inc.
There are 41 comments left for Federal Tax ID Numbers for Non-U.S. CitizensGonzalo Valdemoro said: Thursday, September 6, 2018
To whom it may concern, As I am gonna do some business within US, I am required to get the US Federal Tax ID number. That's why I am contacting you to help me out. How much do you charge for providing this service? Could you please get back to me asap as I would like to start the process right now? Thank you in advance for your time and considerationHBS Staff replied: Thursday, September 6, 2018
Gonzalo, you can find information about price and turnaround time for obtaining a Tax ID here. Feel free to call, email, or chat with us for additional assistance.ceviz agaci said: Sunday, August 26, 2018
Hello , I am gonna establish a dropshipping store and also Amazon FBA selling business to sell in USA , by being as a non-US citizen I am not US Citizen. When I establish an LLC or EIN number , am I gonna be subject to any taxes? Clear sources on the internet say that I am not going to subject any tax. They are saying I am clear of US Federal income Tax , State Income Tax, State Sales Tax. Please give me deep information about that, the case significantly effects me to use your products and services. Thank you for your time.HBS Staff replied: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
For specifics on taxation related to your specific business and situation, you will want to speak to a tax professional. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide that information.Talha Shah said: Friday, August 3, 2018
Hi there I am joining amazon affiliate program US and while filling the TAX INTERVIEW it is asking me for TIN number, actually I live in Pakistan Karachi so can you plz guid me what is TIN number and how can I get it?HBS Staff replied: Friday, August 10, 2018
Talha, for information on an ITIN: https://www.delawareinc.com/blog/what-is-an-individual-taxpayer-identification-number/Hendricks Dave said: Saturday, July 28, 2018
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Hello, thank you for you comment. While we wish we could assist you with your question. We are not a finance company and would want to consult with a financial advisor or tax profressional. We apologize we could not be more helpful.Taras Yatsyk said: Thursday, July 19, 2018
Im a citizen of Ukraine, where should I apply for a non-us TIN ? p.s I'm holding a Payoneer card and planing to sell on Amazon MerchHBS Staff replied: Thursday, July 19, 2018
You should contact the IRS for an ITIN.