Is an SSN or ITIN Required For Obtaining an EIN?

By Justin Damiani Monday, January 28, 2019

IRSAfter forming a new Delaware company, the next step is to obtain an EIN (Employer Identification Number) or Federal Tax ID Number.

If your Delaware company is based outside of the U.S., but plans to conduct business in the U.S., you need an EIN number for a number of reasons: to open a U.S. bank account, hire employees, and initiate PayPal or Stripe accounts, for example.

You do not need a U.S. Social Security Number or ITIN (Individual Tax Identification Number) to obtain your EIN number. When you do not have a US SSN or ITIN, your EIN application must be mailed or faxed to the IRS. It cannot be completed online through the IRS website.

If completing the application sounds daunting to you, you are not the only one. Many of our clients prefer to that we handle their EIN number application. Clients tell us all the time that they are pleased with our EIN service and glad they didn’t tackle this time consuming task on their own.  We prepare the ss4 Form, email the document to you to review and sign electronically, and we submit it to the IRS.

Some commonly asked questions regarding the EIN application:

When you do not have a U.S. Social Security Number or ITIN, what do I write in the line 7b of the ss4 Form?

--You enter the word, ‘Foreign.’

What is a ‘responsible’ party? The ss4 Form asks me to list a responsible party?

--The responsible party must be an individual. For a Corporation, the responsible party is an officer of the company and for an LLC, the responsible party is an owner or member of the company. 

As my registered agent, is Harvard Business Services’ address, the address of my company?

--The address of your company is not Harvard Business Services’ address. The IRS requires a physical business address for your company, even if it based outside of Delaware and the U.S. Be prepared, as well, to provide the IRS with a brief description of the nature of your business. You have up to 50 characters including spaces for this field. 

I don’t need an ITIN number to get an EIN number, does that mean I can’t get one?

--Nope. You can get an ITIN number, even though you don’t need one to get your EIN number.

I will be happy to assist with any questions you have as I can be reached at 1-800-345-2677 or  1-302-645-7400 ext. 6144 or via email at justin@delawareinc.com.  Our EIN Department can also be reached at ein@delawareinc.com to assist with any questions.

Disclaimer

THE AUTHOR OF THIS BLOG ARTICLE IS NOT A LAWYER AND HARVARD BUSINESS SERVICES, INC. IS NOT A LAW FIRM. THE ARTICLE ABOVE IS NOT INTENDED AS LEGAL ADVICE AND SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS LEGAL ADVICE. THIS SHORT ARTICLE IS STRICTLY TO MENTION SOME ASPECTS OF DELAWARE'S CORPORATION LAWS AND/OR LAWS RELATING TO OTHER FORMS OF ENTITIES WHICH YOU MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR WITH. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU CONSULT WITH A LAWYER BEFORE FORMULATING A STRATEGY WHICH WILL BE SUITABLE FOR YOUR SPECIFIC CASE.

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There is 1 comment left for Is an SSN or ITIN Required For Obtaining an EIN?

Damian said: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Do you have any accountant to recommend for doing the 1040 returns?

HBS Staff replied: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Hi Damian - unfortunately, we are unable to recommend any specific accountant for you. We suggest checking with your local Chamber of Commerce for tax accountants nearby that can assist you.

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