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Your new company has been formed, the Federal Tax ID Number (also known as an Employer Identification Number or EIN) has been obtained and everything seems to be in place, until your bank asks for confirmation of the EIN issued by the IRS. Now what?
The IRS sends out a confirmation letter for every EIN application it processes. This EIN confirmation letter is called CP 575, and the IRS mails it to the address listed on the SS-4 application within eight to ten weeks of issuing your company a Federal Tax ID Number.
Sometimes your company’s bank or a vendor may request to see this confirmation letter. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for people to misplace the letter; in addition, it seems as if many international business owners never receive the confirmation letter—it appears to get lost in transit.
If either of these scenarios happens to you, don’t worry—there is a solution if you don’t have possession of the EIN confirmation letter. You can contact the IRS directly at (267) 941-1099 (if you are not in the U.S.) or at 800-829-4933 (if you are in the U.S.) and request a replacement confirmation letter called a 147C letter; the IRS will fax it upon request. Typically, the request must come from the company's Responsible Party on file with the IRS.
If we obtained the EIN number on behalf of your company, feel free to request that the 147C letter be faxed to us at (302) 645-1280. Once the fax has been received, we will email the letter to you as a courtesy.
Unfortunately, we are not able to contact the IRS on behalf of your company due to its strict privacy policies. Be prepared for lengthy hold times when you call the IRS; our clients have reported that hold times tend to be shorter the earlier in the morning you call, so try calling as close to 9 AM as possible.
If you have any questions about obtaining an EIN for your Delaware company or requesting a 147C letter from the IRS, feel free to contact us with your questions at 800-345-2677 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*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 22 comments left for EIN Confirmation LetterEileen Hornacek said: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Applied for a EIN online in January never requested letter by mail but it never came.HBS Staff replied: Thursday, April 8, 2021
To received the formal EIN Confiramtion Letter you will need to reach out directly to the IRS at 1-800-829-4933.Alfretha Martin said: Monday, March 8, 2021
I need a ein letter 147CHBS Staff replied: Monday, March 8, 2021
Thank you for reading our article. Thie letter comes directly from the IRS and to request a new one you will need to contact them directly at 1-800-829-4933.SHERAZ GOONDALL said: Monday, February 22, 2021
NEED AN EIN LETTER 147CHBS Staff replied: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Thank you for reading our article. To obtain the EIN Letter 147C you will need to reach out to the IRS directly. They can be reached at 1-800-829-4933.Pearline Jordan said: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Please Provide me with a EIN confirmation Letter. thank you.HBS Staff replied: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Pearline, we reached out via email to help you more with this inquiry.Alphonso Wise said: Wednesday, December 23, 2020
I need a copy of my EINHBS Staff replied: Monday, December 28, 2020
If you obtained the EIN through Harvard Business Services, our team will be happy to assist you. Just send an email to email@example.com and include your company information. If you applied for the EIN directly with the IRS, you will need to contact them for support.