If the caller is an authorised person, such as an owner, partner, corporate officer, trustee, or executor of an estate, the IRS’s Business and Specialty tax division will supply the corporate ID, known as an EIN, over the phone. The relevant phone number can be found on the IRS website.
EIN is the abbreviation for employer identification number. This nine-digit number appears on previous tax returns and bank account documentation. If the company is publicly traded, the EIN will also be included in the 10-K filings accessible through the SEC website. The EIN may be included in a company’s Dun & Bradstreet report. A distinct EIN is assigned to each of an owner’s businesses if they operate several businesses.
The majority of states manage a separate registration procedure and award applicants a state corporate identification number. In some instances, the state identification number is identical to the EIN. A public database of state corporate ID numbers and filings is maintained by the office of the secretary of state in several states.
In addition, there are websites like EINFinder.com and FEINSearch.com that cater to commercial clients but offer limited free trial searches. Before conducting trial searches, prospective users must register on the site.