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

Nasrullah Moshfiq said: Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Hi, Nasrullah Moshfiq Owner of Global English Hub LCC, when I added my company information and EIN number to stripe, I received this email form stripe people and forwarded to info@delawareinc.com, this is the stripe 's email text. Hi there, Thank you for providing the SS4 application document. We have checked and the EIN is not verified yet. Kindly provide us with the EIN letter instead so that we can verify the EIN. Please confirm that the entity type, legal entity name, business address and EIN are correct. If we can be of further help, feel free to reach out to us any time. Best, Lexie I sent the email form info@globalenglishhub.com to you also. Now I am waiting for your response. Name: Global English Hub LLC Date of formation: June 17, 2019 Delaware State File Number: 7471767 Thanks a lot Kind Regards

HBS Staff replied: Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Hello Nasrullah, thank you for reaching out. Our filings team is currently looking into this for you and will be in touch soon. 

Ngo, Mcvictory said: Monday, June 7, 2021

I need a confirmation EIN of IRS

HBS Staff replied: Monday, June 7, 2021

Hello Ngo,

Thank you for reading our blog. You will need to contact the IRS directly at 800-829-4933 and request the EIN Confirmation Letter.

Keith brown said: Tuesday, April 27, 2021

I need a conformation letter for my ein

HBS Staff replied: Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Hi Keith,

Thank you for reading our blog. To obtain the Confirmation Letter for you EIN this would come directly from the IRS. To request this letter please call 1-800-829-4933.

Kimberly Carter said: Friday, April 16, 2021

Hello how are u? I need some assistance with receiving another confirmation letter . I just sign up and before I could go to it to print I opened another tab and it time out on me.

HBS Staff replied: Friday, April 16, 2021

Hello Kimberly,

The EIN Confirmation Letter comes from the IRS directly and usually comes via mail in 4-8 weeks. To request the confirmation letter you will have to contact the IRS at 1-800-829-4933.

Eileen 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

Hello Eileen,

To received the formal EIN Confiramtion Letter you will need to reach out directly to the IRS at 1-800-829-4933.

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