Getting your EIN

It is often the small steps that slow a business from getting off the ground in Gainesville. You (and your business partners, if you have any) have made all of the important decisions regarding your company's management structure and your service model, and you may even have client orders pending. Yet there still is one step that may need to be taken before you can officially be open for business, one that many of our clients here at The Roberts Law Firm, P.C. overlook: Getting your tax identification number. 

Yet before you start panicking for not already having considered that, you should first know if you even need it. According to TurboTax, you need a tax ID number (or more specifically, an Employee Identification Number) if any of the following scenarios apply to your company: 

  • You employ a workforce
  • You operate as either a partnership or a corporation
  • You withhold taxes from any salaries or wages that you pay

If, for example, you run a personal business for which you are the sole proprietor and employee, then you likely do not need an EIN. If, however, you do, there is no need to fret not already having one; the application process is quite simple. 

The Internal Revenue Service recommends simply submitting an application through their website. You will be asked a short series of questions regarding the structure of your business, your reason for requesting a new EIN, and some of your personal information (e.g., name, Social Security number). There is no approval process; your new EIN is generated and immediately effective upon the completion of your application. It is recommended that you copy and store the application alongside your other important business formation documents. 

You can discover more details about starting your own business here on our site. 

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