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Obtain a federal tax identification number (EIN) (New Business Checklist)

Unless you're a sole proprietorship that doesn't plan on hiring employees, you need to apply for a federal tax identification number, also known as an Employer Identification Number, or EIN. (If you've already opened a business checking account, you may already have an EIN.)

You can apply for an EIN by phone, online, or by mail. (The online application is not yet available for all types of businesses.) Applying by phone or online is recommended as the IRS has a policy of providing the number immediately.

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