Who Needs an EIN?

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There are many instances where an EIN is required by all sorts of business types, such as an employer employing workers needs an EIN. In addition, a decedent’s estate needs an estate EIN. Without an EIN, it is impossible for the IRS to have a way for business owners to file tax forms. The company’s payroll department must print the employer’s EIN number on a W-2 form and also on a 1099-Miscellaneous form for self-employed independent contractors and freelancers. Some freelancers may want to apply for an EIN if they want to avoid divulging their personal social security number (SSN) to clients. Also required to have an EIN to operate their businesses are Corporations, Non-Profits, Churches, Trusts, and any other type of business who plans to conduct business in the United States.


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