Can you Apply for an EIN Before Forming your Business?

Frequently Asked Questions | FAQs

Yes, you can and should apply for an EIN Number before forming your business. You need to have an EIN so that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has the ability to identify your business by using an assigned number. You must have an EIN before you can hire employees or apply for a business license. In addition, an EIN is required if you need to fill out a credit application for your business or open a business-related account. You can start running your business before you even incorporate by obtaining your EIN and applying for various products, such as insurance coverage or permits, which don’t require Articles of Incorporation. It is always a smart idea to obtain your EIN before you form your business.


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