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SS-4 Form 2021

SS-4 Form 2021 is the IRS tax form—Application for Employer Identification Number. If you have employees working for you, an Employer Identification Number is a must.

An Employer Identification Number—EIN is used for tax purposes to identify the employer and the business entity. Without an EIN, the employer won’t be able to file certain tax forms that are mandatory. This includes information returns such as Forms W2 and 1099.

EIN is also used for protecting the identity of the employer to a personal extent. Since the Social Security Number and Employer Identification Number is different, it can be treated as a measure against identity theft.

As for obtaining an EIN, there is more than one way to get it. Employers can either fill out Form SS-4 or apply for EIN online. Read this article to see how you can apply for EIN online.

As to how to fill out Form SS-4, you can either print out a paper Form SS-4—Application for Employer Identification Number and fill out online. It is also possible to fill out Form SS-4 online and print out later. Either way works just fine. It all comes down to your preferences.

Here is how to fill out Form SS-4 online in 2021.

On Form SS-4, you will need to detail your names such as personal and business name, tax classification of your business, date of the launch of business operations, and other related information. After everything you need to enter on Form SS-4 is complete, you can then download it as a PDF file or print out directly off of your browser.

LocationMailing Address
Any of the 50 U.S. StatesInternal Revenue Service
Attn:  EIN Operation
Cincinnati, OH 45999
No Principal Place of Business or Principal Office or Legal ResidenceInternal Revenue Service
Attn:  EIN International Operation
Cincinnati, OH  45999

You can also fax Form SS-4 to the IRS at (855) 641-6935 or (855) 215-1627 within the U.S. if you don’t have a principal place of business, the principal office, or legal residence. Those who are outside of the U.S. need to fax it to (304) 707-9471.

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