I Can't Find My Employee Identification Number


I can't find my EINHow To Find Your EIN

"I can't find my EIN!"

"How do I find my EIN?"

"I lost my EIN!"

We receive calls like this from panicked business owners all the time, frazzled and upset because they can't find their EIN. 

If you know you have applied for an Employer Identification Number or EIN (also known as a Federal Tax ID Number) but have misplaced it, you have several options.

If we obtained the EIN number on behalf of your company, we can provide the number to you over the phone if you call our toll free number at 800-345-2677.

If we did not obtain your EIN, look back in the early records of your business. When you first applied for an EIN, the IRS issued you a computer-generated notice. This confirmed your application and also served as a receipt of the EIN.

If you can't find your EIN in your records, the next option is to contact your bank, because a Federal Tax ID Number was required to open the business account and your bank should have it on file.

In addition, if you applied for any local or state license, that agency should have your EIN on record, as well as on any correspondence regarding your business.

Finally, if you have exhausted these methods and are still unable to locate the EIN for your business, you can ask the IRS to search for it. This can be accomplished by calling the Business & Specialty Tax Line at 800- 829-4933. The IRS is available Monday - Friday, 7 AM - 10 PM.

The representative will ask you some questions to make sure you are an authorized person for your company, such as a member's, corporate officer's or director's name. When this has been established, the IRS representative should be able to provide the number to you over the telephone.

Be prepared to spend some time on the phone waiting, since it is the IRS, after all.

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There is 1 comment left for I Can't Find My Employee Identification Number

Michael stewart said: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Hi i just filed my tax thru turbo tax last week.and reject it.i has my pin nbr from last years but i dont know my ein number.my birthdate 2/7/1961.how can i get my ein number before i filed again with turbo tax?

HBS Staff replied: Monday, February 26, 2018

If we applied for the EIN on behalf of your company, then you would just need to provide us with the company name and we will check our records; however, if you applied for the EIN on your own, then you will need to contact the IRS directly at (800) 829-4933 to retrieve the number.

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