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 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.
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:
Provide them with your fax number. If you do not have one and Harvard Business Services, Inc. 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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There are 36 comments left for EIN Confirmation LetterMELVIN NUELLS said: Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Need EIN confrontmation letterHBS Staff replied: Thursday, July 16, 2020
Hi Melvin, can you please clarify what you need? Do you need to apply for an EIN or have you already applied and want to check the status? Please provide as much detail as you can.Maria E. elena merino said: Monday, July 13, 2020
i need the einHBS Staff replied: Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Hi Maria, can you please clarify what you need? Do you need to apply for an EIN or have you already applied and want to check the status? Please provide as much detail as you can.Rafael A melara said: Tuesday, June 9, 2020
I need confirmation letter ein numberHBS Staff replied: Tuesday, June 9, 2020
You can contact the IRS directly at (267) 941-1099 and request that they fax a new confirmation letter to you. If you ordered the EIN number through Harvard Business Services, you can ask the IRS to fax it to us and we will email a scanned copy to you.sialafaga r taufetee said: Friday, March 27, 2020
need a confirmation letter of my ein numberHBS Staff replied: Monday, March 30, 2020
If this is for an existing company that already has an EIN, you will need to request a letter 147C from the IRS directly. Unfortunately, they do not allow us to request this letter on your behalf.Demetrius Harris said: Friday, December 27, 2019
I need a confirmation letter of my ein numberHBS Staff replied: Friday, December 27, 2019
If this is for an EIN you already have, 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. If this is for a new order, you can contact our filings team at email@example.com for an update on the status of your order.