IRS Now Offers Real-Time EINs

September 25, 2007 ( - The Internal Revenue Service now has a way for plan sponsors (and other taxpayers) to request a real-time Employer Identification Number (EIN).

According to a press release, you access the Internet EIN system through and enter the required information. If the information passes the automatic validity checks, the IRS issues a permanent EIN to the taxpayer. If not, it is rejected – but you then have an opportunity to correct the information and resubmit the application.

When the EIN application process is complete, a taxpayer has the option to view, print and save his or her confirmation notice, as opposed to waiting for the IRS to mail it. Third parties authorized by the taxpayer can also be provided with the EIN, but the third party cannot view, print or save the confirmation notice. Instead, the confirmation notice is mailed to the taxpayer.

The Internet EIN application is interactive and asks questions tailored to the type of entity the taxpayer is establishing, similar to tax processing software packages on the market, according to the IRS.  

The system provides “help” screens throughout the application process – this means that taxpayers will no longer have to print the EIN instructions and separately search for answers while requesting an EIN, according to the IRS.

An EIN assigned through Internet submission is immediately recognized by IRS systems. Taxpayers can begin using the EIN immediately for most business purposes.

“This new and improved online application will reduce the time it takes taxpayers to get an EIN,” said Richard Morgante, Commissioner of the IRS Wage & Investment Division. “Essentially they can get one while they wait – – within minutes.”