Business Practices

How Do I Apply for a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)?

A Federal Employer Identification Number, nicknamed an FEIN, helps identify your business with the IRS. You use this number when you file and pay your business taxes.

In most cases, you can register for an FEIN online with the IRS. Check out their website here to get the process started.

If you’re international, you’ll most likely have to register via phone. Check out the IRS instructions for completing the process here.

When will I get my FEIN?

Typically you will receive your FEIN immediately when you apply online.

Once you receive the paperwork make sure to keep it in a safe place. It will be essential to reference your legal name, FEIN, and withholding tax deposit schedule. Additionally, you’ll need this number when filing and payroll federal payroll and business income taxes, as well as when you register as an employer with most state and local taxing authorities. Additionally, this number is often required when filing and paying your state and local taxes.

This article provides general information and shouldn’t be construed as tax, benefits, legal, or HR advice. Rules and regulations may change over time and may vary by location. So, please consult an appropriately certified expert (such as a lawyer, CPA, tax advisor, licensed broker, or HR expert) for advice specific to your circumstances.