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FAQ- Do I need a Federal Employment Identification Number?

April 13, 2014

I am in the process of incorporating an LLC for a client.

I am running across some basic information that people frequently ask me.  Here is one of the first questions:

Do I need an EIN?

You need an EIN if you:

Started a new business
Hired or will hire employees, including household employees
Opened a bank account that requires an EIN for banking purposes
Changed the legal character or ownership of your organization (for example, you incorporate a sole proprietorship or form a partnership)
Purchased a going business
Created a trust
Created a pension plan as a plan administrator
Are a foreign person and need an EIN to comply with IRS withholding regulations
Are a withholding agent for taxes on non-wage income paid to an alien (such as an individual, a corporation, or a partnership)
Are a state or local agency
Are a federal government unit or agency
Formed a corporation
Formed a partnership
Administer an estate formed as a result of a person’s death
Represent an estate that operates a business after the owner’s death.



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