How To Get Your IRS Employer Number


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Learn how to get an employer ID number from the IRS.

When you file tax forms with the IRS, you will need to include your Employer Identification Number (EIN). Fortunately, getting an EIN is a simple process through the IRS website. You can download a copy of the EIN application instructions, IRS Form SS-4 here, but there is really no reason for it. This page will guide you through each step.

Getting your EIN

Start by clicking here to open up the IRS’s EIN Assistant in a separate tab. Click on the button that says, “Begin Application.”

Step 1: You will be asked what type of legal structure is applying for an EIN. Select the first choice, “Sole Proprietor.”

Getting an EIN: Step 1

Step 2: Select “Household Employer.”

Getting an EIN: Step 2

Step 3: Confirm your selection is “Household Employer” and click “Continue.”

Step 4: Enter your first and last name, social security number, and choose “I am the household employer.”

Getting an EIN: Step 4

Step 5: Enter your address.

Getting an EIN: Step 5

Step 6: Verify your address matches the IRS database.

Getting an EIN: Step 6

Step 7: Verify your county and State then enter the month your nanny began work.

Getting an EIN: Step 7

Step 8: Select to receive your EIN online (immediate) or through the mail (takes up to four weeks).

Getting an EIN: Step 8

Step 9: Review your information and click “Submit”.

Got your EIN

Step 10: Your employer number is permanent so save your EIN for your records. One of the best ways to keep track of it is to email a digital copy of the form to yourself. You’ll need this number when reporting your new hire and filling out tax forms.


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