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What do I enter for an Employer Identification Number (EIN)?

Enter the employer identification number (EIN) that was issued to you on Form SS-4. Don't enter your Social Security number (SSN) or another taxpayer's EIN (for example, from a 1099-MISC you received). If you don't have an EIN, leave this blank.

You need an EIN only if:

  • Your business has employees to whom you pay wages.
  • Your business has a qualified retirement plan.
  • You are required to file employment, excise, alcohol, tobacco, or firearms (ATF) returns.
  • Your business is a payer of gambling winnings.
If you're the sole owner of an LLC that isn't treated as a separate entity for federal income tax purposes, enter the EIN that was issued to the LLC for a qualified retirement plan, to file employment, excise, alcohol, tobacco, or firearms returns, or as a payer of gambling winnings. If you don't have such an EIN, leave it blank.

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