How to Obtain an EIN for a Foreign LLC


An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is also known as a federal tax ID number. A limited liability company's nine-digit EIN is used to identify the LLC for tax and banking purposes. Every LLC with employees, and LLCs that have more than one member, must acquire an EIN from the Internal Revenue Service. A foreign LLC that does not have an office in the U.S. may not use the IRS online EIN application to obtain an EIN.

Call the IRS Business and Specialty Tax Line for International Applicants at 215-516-6999. Provide information describing the nature of the LLC's business activities, the number of individuals employed by the business and the legal name of the company. Supply the name, address and the individual taxpayer identification number or Social Security number of an authorized representative of the foreign LLC. There is no charge to a foreign LLC that applies for an EIN by telephone. An IRS representative will issue an EIN to the foreign LLC as soon as the telephone session is over.

Log onto the IRS website. Print Form SS-4 from the website. Complete the form by providing information about the business. Include the signature of an LLC member or manager. Provide contact information such as the name, telephone number and return fax number of an authorized member or manager of the foreign LLC. Fax Form SS-4 to the IRS at 215-516-1040. The IRS will issue an EIN within four business days.

Mail Form SS-4 to the IRS. Check to make sure that all sections of the form are complete. Foreign LLCs should mail the form to: Internal Revenue Service, ATTN: EIN International Operation, Philadelphia, PA 19255. Foreign LLCs that apply by mail may wait up to four weeks to obtain an EIN.

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