EIN verification if Lost or Misplaced
There are several instances where new businesses are overwhelmed because their employer identification number seems to be lost or has been misplaced. This can happen to any business or business owner. Yes, losing or misplacing an EIN can put you or your business in a difficult position. Most business owners may feel that they might have to apply for a new EIN since this is a Federal Tax Identification number but that is not the case. The best solution is to opt for an EIN verification process. Let’s look at how this works.
Call IRS support
Since, the employer identification number is assigned by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), it is important to call IRS support to find the EIN number of the business in question. They have a Business & Specialty Tax department that handles all queries related to finding the EIN number. All you have to do is call 800-829-4933 between their work hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm from Monday through Friday. When you call IRS support, an assistor will ask for identifying information and only an authorized person representing the business will be provided with the Employer Identification Number.
Complete IRS Form 2848
The IRS Form 2848 is for Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative. This is a form that you would require if you are not an authorized representative for receiving the EIN when calling IRS support. If you are not an authorized representative and yet want to find an EIN number then you can request an authorized representative to fill and submit the IRS Form 2848 so that it can be processed. There is however a situation that you may have to deal with, which is the requirement of writing down the EIN in the form itself.
Other ways to confirm an EIN
There are several other ways of finding Employer Identification Number or EIN verification. Some of the most common ways are:
- Confirmation Letter: If you feel you may have misplaced or lost your employer identification number then you need to search for the confirmation letter. This is a computer-generated notice that was issued to you by the IRS post your application for EIN. The letter is a confirmation of the fact that the IRS has received your application and that they have assigned a nine-digit employer identification number to you. You will be able to find the EIN number on this confirmation letter.
- Bank Documents: If you have opened a bank account using your Employer Identification Number then you can contact the bank directly to find the EIN number used for opening the account.
- Other Documents: If you have used your EIN number on any other official or business documents like state or local business licensing documents or bank loans then you will be able to get your EIN number from such documents. You will have to speak with the right authority in the said agency to get this tax ID number.
Apply for your Employer Identification Number- EIN here!