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.