How to find an existing federal tax ID number

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How to find an existing federal tax ID number
Corporations and businesses with employees are required to have a federal tax ID number. (id form image by Alexey Klementiev from

The U.S. government uses a federal tax identification number to identify businesses and companies. The federal tax ID number is also known as a federal employer identification number (FEIN). Any business with employees or that operates as a corporation or partnership is required to have an federal tax ID number. There are a number of ways to find a federal tax ID number for a business you own or for one you are working with.

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    Look for the notice sent to you by the IRS when you applied for the federal tax ID number. The IRS sends an electronic notice after you apply for one.

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    Review company documents and financial information. Business tax returns are required to have the federal tax ID number on them.

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    Contact your financial institution. Banks require a social security or federal tax ID number when opening a business account.

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    Call the IRS at 800-829-4933 and choose the option to speak to a customer service representative. After correctly answering the IRS security questions, the representative will be able to provide your existing federal tax ID number to you.

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    Contact the accounting, purchasing or credit department of a company you are working with. Most companies have a standard credit form they use which often features the company's federal tax ID number.

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    Visit the company website. Some companies include their federal tax ID number in the financial and credit information posted on their website.

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    Review any documentation received from the company. Tax documents such as W-2 or 1099 forms will have the business federal tax ID number on them.

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    Search for a company's federal tax ID number by using a database such as FEIN Search ( The website offers a free trial search when you register on their website.

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