You most likely already have a social security number in your possession as it required for a variety of things throughout your life. However, if you’re a business owner or someone who has employees, you may need to consider applying for an employer identification number (EIN).
How to Apply for an EIN
The process to apply for an EIN is fairly simple, and there are many benefits to having an EIN separate from your personal social security number. Here are a few reasons you may want to consider getting your own EIN number for yourself.
Reasons for Applying
If you’re not sure you should apply for an EIN, here are a few reasons you should keep in mind for the future:
- If you have opened a new business, your business needs its own EIN number so that you can keep your business taxes separate from personal taxes
- If you are in charge of handling an estate that the business owner has passed away, then you should consider getting an EIN for that operation
- Some bank accounts require an EIN number over a SSN
- Creating a trust, pension plan, LLC or other types of partnerships may require you to fill out an EIN application.
Easy to Obtain
Filling out the application is easy to do and can be done online with the proper information. Once the application is submitted it will run through the proper channels and you’ll receive the EIN number to allow you to process business and other types of transactions.
It is very important that if you consider opening a new business or have any of the reasons listed above that you fill out the paperwork in a timely manner. This will help prevent problems with being halted in your business processes and also keep you from having issues with taxes down the road once your business is up and running.