Form 147C, also known as the IRS Letter 147C, is a letter sent by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to businesses or entities to verify their taxpayer identification number (TIN) or employer identification number (EIN). 

It confirms the entity’s name, address, and TIN/EIN registered with the IRS. Businesses may need this letter for various purposes, such as opening a bank account, applying for licenses or permits, or completing other business transactions requiring proof of tax identification.

Why is Form 147C important?

If you receive a notice requesting a 147C, it means that the information reported on your tax return is discrepant or inconsistent. The IRS uses the 147C form to request documentation that can verify the accuracy of the information provided.

Form 147C serves several purposes:

  • Verification of Taxpayer Identification: It confirms the accuracy of the taxpayer identification number (TIN) or employer identification number (EIN) associated with a business or entity.
  • Proof of Tax Compliance: A valid 147C letter demonstrates that the business or entity complies with IRS requirements and has a registered TIN/EIN.
  • Business Transactions: Many financial institutions, government agencies and business partners may require proof of a valid TIN/EIN before engaging in transactions with a business. The 147C letter serves as official documentation for this purpose.
  • Legal and Regulatory Compliance: Businesses may need to provide the 147C letter as part of regulatory compliance processes, such as obtaining licenses, permits, or certifications.
  • Prevention of Identity Theft: Verifying the accuracy of TINs/EINs helps prevent identity theft and fraudulent activities associated with tax identification numbers.

How to get a 147C letter from the IRS

To request Form 147C follow these steps:

  1. Contact the IRS: You can request a 147C letter by calling the IRS Business and Specialty Tax Line at (800) 829-4933 or (267) 941-1000 for international callers. Be prepared to provide your business name, employer identification number (EIN), and other relevant information to verify your identity.
  2. Speak with a Representative: Once connected, you must request a 147C letter to verify your EIN or TIN. The representative may ask for additional information to confirm your identity and eligibility for the letter.
  3. Submit the Request: The IRS representative will guide you through requesting the 147C letter. They may provide instructions for submitting your request electronically, by fax, or by mail.
  4. Wait for Confirmation: After submitting your request, the IRS will process it and send you the 147C letter. The timeframe for receiving the letter may vary depending on IRS processing times and the request method.
  5. Review the Letter: Once you receive the 147C letter, review it carefully to ensure that the information provided, including your business name and EIN, is accurate. Keep the letter in a safe place for future reference.

To expedite obtaining the 147C letter, it’s essential to provide accurate information and follow the IRS’s instructions carefully. If you encounter any difficulties or have questions, don’t hesitate to ask the IRS representative for assistance.

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