Having an SSN/ITIN can expedite the EIN process for your company, so instead of waiting for 20 to 30 business days, we can obtain the EIN online within 1 or 2 business days.
In order to work on your EIN application online, we need both your SSN number and full legal name exactly as shown on your document. You just need to submit this information during your application on the website or, afterward, through a security link we can provide you with. If we have already started your company's application process, please let us know as soon as possible if you are an SSN holder.
Even with the SSN number, is it possible that the EIN is not obtained?
Yes, sometimes the IRS needs to verify further information from your company so that we won't be able to apply for the EIN online. In these cases, we must start the EIN process by sending the SS4 form to the IRS which takes longer (45 to 60 business days).
Please notice that it's vital for the process and tax purposes that we have the correct SSN number!
In case you forgot to provide your SSN and we've already faxed your SS4 form to the IRS, please be advised that we can still try to get the EIN online. However, it is not recommended as your company can end up having 2 EINs. If this happens, once you get your EIN letters, you will have to request the IRS to consolidate both numbers. Also, when consolidating these EINs, be careful not to use both numbers as this can generate tax problems.
I have an ITIN but I wasn't able to get my EIN online.
The ITIN may expire before you file a tax return in 2021. All ITINs not used on a federal tax return at least once in the last three years will expire on December 31, 2020.
Additionally, all ITINs issued before 2013 with middle digits of 88 (Example: (9XX-88-XXXX) will expire at the end of 2020. Those with middle digits 90, 91, 92, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, or 99 assigned before 2013 and not renewed will also expire at the end of 2020.
If that's your case, we won't be able to apply for the EIN online. We'll have to fax the SS4 form to the IRS and follow the regular process.
Be aware that when faxing the SS4 form, the IRS takes around 45 to 60 business days to review and assign the EIN.