EIN Confirmation Letter

EIN Confirmation letterYour 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?

IRS Form CP 575

The IRS sends out an EIN confirmation letter for every EIN application it processes. This EIN confirmation letter is called CP 575, and the IRS only mails the letter to the mailing address listed on line 4 of the SS-4 application. Unfortunately, you cannot get a copy of the IRS EIN confirmation letter online. The IRS will not email or fax the letter, they will send it via mail within eight to ten weeks of issuing your company a Federal Tax ID Number.

What to Do if You Need the Letter Immediately?

Sometimes your bank or a vendor may request to see the official IRS EIN 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 EIN 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 IRS EIN letter. You can contact the IRS directly and request a replacement confirmation letter called a 147C letter.

Start by calling the IRS Business & Specialty Tax Line toll free at 1-800-829-4933 (or if you are calling outside the United States at 267-941-1099) between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM EST. Press 1, Press 1 again, then Press 3. When you reach them, request a 147C letter. The IRS representative is going to ask you:

  • Verification identity questions
  • They will ask if you can receive documents via fax. You have to say "Yes"
  • Are you near the fax machine - "Yes" (Don't mention that you are using an e-fax)

Provide them with your fax number. If you do not have one 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 IRS EIN letter to you as a courtesy.

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 320-645-7400 x6910 or email us at filings@delawareinc.com 


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There are 36 comments left for EIN Confirmation Letter

Tatiana said: Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Hi, I asked IRS for the confirmation 147C letter, I gave your fax number, when I'll receive the mail from you? Or should I need to write you an email? Thanks.

HBS Staff replied: Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Hello Tatiana, Thank you contacting us. One of our representatives will reach out to provide you updated information on your request.


alex said: Saturday, July 9, 2022

if I register EIN with HBS, what is the business address listed on the letter?

HBS Staff replied: Monday, July 11, 2022

Hi Alex,

Typically, the physical address of where the business is located is the business address listed.

Herbert Robinson said: Monday, April 18, 2022

I just need the letter

HBS Staff replied: Monday, April 18, 2022

Thank you for your question. We will be happy to reach out to assist.

Ilyas said: Wednesday, January 5, 2022

can I order 147C confirmation letter EIN through you? With out contacting the IRS

HBS Staff replied: Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Hello, yes you can! You can apply on our website, here: https://www.delawareinc.com/ein/

Nam said: Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Hi, I have some questions about the confirmation letter. How long I can get the confirmation letter? If I require immediate confirmation when I are calling outside the United States at 267-941-1099. And they will appoval ASAP or have a little time for delay? And how long the confirmation letter can be shipped to my mail address?

HBS Staff replied: Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Hi Nam, Unfortunately, we have no control over the timeline it takes to recieve the EIN Confirmation Letter. Typically it can take between 7-21 business days, but can see longer delays during tax time. If you order it throught us, we will send you an email confirmation once it's submitted and we will forward on the approriate documentation once it's approved by the IRS. If you wish to speak with our staff about the process, feel free to call us at 1-800-345-2677 or apply on our website: https://www.delawareinc.com/ein/

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