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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.
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There are 16 comments left for EIN Confirmation Letterdidi said: Thursday, December 12, 2019
Can I fax the request to you at 302 645-1280 or I have to call the IRS directly? Do they need POA of the company in order to assist us with our 147C letter?HBS Staff replied: Friday, December 13, 2019
Unfortunately, we are not able to contact the IRS on behalf of your company due to its strict privacy policies. Typically, it must be the Responsible Party on record with the IRS who makes this request. For more on responsible parties, please see https://www.delawareinc.com/blog/ein-responsible-party-for-a-business-entity/.Can I have my letter faxed as will please said: Sunday, June 9, 2019
Can I plz have letter sentHBS Staff replied: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
This letter can only be obtained directly from the IRS. Unfortunately, they will not allow us to obtain it on your behalf. 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 to you upon request.Amber Hanna said: Thursday, January 17, 2019
I’ve lost my ein number. Can you please fax,email, or mail it to me. Thanks in advanceHBS Staff replied: Friday, January 18, 2019
Hi Amber - Unfortunately the IRS will not allow us to request your EIN. However, we are happy to help you with the process. Please contact us by phone, email, or chat.Lisa M Loving said: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
I seemed to misplace my EIN confirmation letter so thank you in advance for the courtesy of emailing it to me once you get it.HBS Staff replied: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Lisa - Please contact us via phone, email or chat if you need assistance with your 147C letter or finding your EIN.Kesmonds International University said: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Dear Sir, is this applicable to overseas companies like mine?HBS Staff replied: Monday, June 26, 2017
You can contact the IRS directly at (267) 941-1099 and request a replacement confirmation letter called a 147C letter; the IRS will fax it to you upon request. However, the IRS will not fax to international or non-U.S. numbers. 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.