If you’re a business owner in Dallas, you might need to apply for an employer identification number. An EIN (also known as a tax ID or federal tax identification number) is a nine-digit number assigned by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to identify a business or organization for tax purposes. The EIN, or FEIN (federal employer identification number), is used to file forms like 941, 944, W-2, 1099, etc.

In Dallas, most businesses with employees, especially if they are a sole proprietor or small business, must get an EIN. Many businesses use this number instead of their social security number when filing taxes. It is also used by financial and banking institutions, credit unions, and other types of credit outlets for identification purposes. If you are required to get an EIN — or just want to — here’s how to get one.

Understand the Requirements

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sets the requirements and procedures for obtaining an EIN. Your business may be required to get an EIN, and eligibility and documentation requirements vary.

Most Dallas business entities are required to obtain an EIN, including sole proprietors – unless they are located outside the US, partnerships, corporations (C-corps and S-corps), limited liability companies (LLCs), non-profit organizations, trusts, estates, governmental agencies, and certain Native American tribal governments.

Determine Your Eligibility

In Dallas, the eligibility criteria for obtaining an EIN are directly related to the jurisdiction of the business entity.

For corporations and LLCs in Dallas, the applicant (business owner) must be a US citizen or have a valid Social Security Number.

As a business owner in Dallas, there is no fee to apply for an EIN and the process can take as little as 15 minutes. You'll need to provide the IRS with the following information:

The legal name and address of the business

The type and form of the business entity

A US taxpayer identification number

The date the business started operating

The date that will be reported as the first fiscal year start date

Apply for EIN Number in Dallas

Once you're sure you're eligible for an EIN, there are two ways to apply for an EIN in Dallas.

Online Application

The first option is to apply for the EIN online. To apply online, the applicant must be either the principal officer, acting US general partner, sole proprietor, or a bearer of a valid Power of Attorney.

Paper Application

The other option is to print a physical copy of the application form. The form can be filled out by mail, scan and e-mail the form, or fax the application.

Get Professional Help in Dallas

If you're uncertain about the requirements and procedures for obtaining an EIN in Dallas or want experienced legal help, you can trust the attorneys at UpCounsel. Do you need help or have questions about applying for an EIN? UpCounsel offers experienced legal counsel throughout Dallas and the US, ensuring that you understand the process and comply with regulations.


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